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My own children asked me this very same question recently (Do all kids ask this?). Their inquiry was completely genuine and innocent. They really did not understand why there was a day to celebrate mothers and a day to celebrate fathers but not an official day to celebrate children. And like their mother years before, they also did not understand when I replied, “Because every day is kids’ day.” What’s really surprising me this Mother’s Day is not that my kids are using my day to ponder how to finagle yet another day of their own, but that I learned that “mommy brain” is a real thing and not just some term we moms throw around in jest to describe how forgetful and distracted we are. Dr. Kate McGonagle, a licensed psychologist and clinical nurse specialist at UMass, says it best on page 36, about why we moms are so distracted (so validating!) and what we can do about it. It’s good stuff. I am also in awe of all that moms are able to accomplish while raising their families. All hail the mamapreneur! Local mom, Stephanie Piscitelli of, shares some of Massachusetts’ top mamapreneurs with us this month with her beautiful photography and interviews. Find your inspiration on page 26 as there is plenty of it! But the really big news this month is the all-new We’re feeling excited that our Online relaunch is going to make life easier for parents in Massachusetts. One of the best parts is that we now offer a searchable Online calendar where family events are listed by categories. And there’s more: • Lots of giveaways with easy-tofill out forms (Takes a minute. No

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An interior designer – coming to my house. Oh, the sheer horror of it! I am aghast as I look at the room through a discerning designer’s eye and feel the hot shame of being found out that I never left the 90s. There is nothing – zilchzero-contemporary about my flowered wallpaper, my rosy throw rug, my paleplaid balloon curtains encrusted with sticky dust. And the oak — oh the oak. It’s everywhere –oak cabinets, oak floor, oak table. Even my napkin holder is oak. It is ingrained everywhere. Ding dong! The Pottery Barn paramedic is here! Ready to air out the stagnating sight and breathe new life into my atrophied abode. I take a deep breath and hurry to the door. “Jodie! How nice to see you!” I swoon. Jodie looks stunning – as always. She is adept at accessorizing. This should come as no surprise, but in a way, it’s comforting. She oozes simple yet chic, and I begin to ease a little in my doubt. I think she just may be able to fix me. “C’mon in! I hope you don’t mind – I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had a moment to clean,” I fib. Jody walks in, smiles and places her Gucci bag on my white Formica counter. As she scans the kitchen, I want to offer her a barf bag, but decide on coffee instead. We begin talking in a casual way about our kids (her daughter and my son know each other), and my shoulders




begin to ease. I feel like she knows; it’s nothing new (literally), that the true color of one’s life isn’t found in a fabric swatch or a paint chip. I revel in this deep truth. We get along quite well, and by the end, I’m actually happy I asked her to come over. I feel buoyed visualizing chocolate browns and subtle greys. I’m ready to come clean from the clutter in my life. Jody’s talking about furniture placement, and I’m thinking, Yes! Furniture placement, I like that idea, it makes so much sense! My poor flowered couch has been glued to the same spot for fifteen years, the legs permanently sunk deep in the taupe carpet. Jody shifts the couch, just enough, to show me the true possibilities of furniture placement. From behind the couch spill the castle, the cup, and the candle into plain view. But that’s not all - no, no. There are hardened smelly socks, stubby pencils, candy wrappers, and – oh! I can’t even mention the rest. I look at Jody, shrug my shoulders and remark in mock horror, “Those kids! They always shove their stuff somewhere when I tell them to clean!” She buys the line. I’m redeemed, for the moment anyway. Trish Reske is a Westborough freelance writer and mom of four. Visit her at

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The Gagnon family of Pelham, NH is using their 2010 tax refund to adopt 9-year-old Dieuluxson from Haiti.

Last August, 12-year-old Trevor Gagnon traveled to Haiti to meet his future brother, Dieuluxson, for the first time. The Budd family counts the days until 12-year-old Roselande comes home to Acton, Massachusetts. Their journey began 16 months ago when they decided to adopt the girl they were sponsoring through church a month after the devastating earthquake hit Roselande’s home in Haiti. In November 2010, Sue Budd personally delivered official adoption documents to Kids Kingdom Orphanage in Haiti, but it could be as long as another year before Roselande comes home. Roselande prays for her two younger brothers, Dieuluxson and Sebastien, hoping a family out there will adopt them soon.


Budds were moving forward in the process of adopting 12-yearold Roselande yet they couldn’t stop thinking about her two little brothers who would stay one time zone and 2,000 miles behind in Haiti. An email from the Budd’s’ church, Grace

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Community in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, began to circulate: “If you have a strong, immediate want to adopt, please contact Servants for Haiti.” A Pelham New Hampshire couple, Derek and Tammy Gagnon, received the message. “I felt a calling for a long time,” says Tammy Gagnon, who was mortified after seeing the consequences the January 2010 earthquake brought upon the children of Haiti. “My heart went out to the people of Haiti,” says her husband Derek who works as an accounts manager for Nalco. “Tammy said the word ‘adoption,’ and I was thinking it,” he explains. A few days later, the Gagnons decided to adopt Roselande’s 9-year-old brother, Dieuluxson, using their 2010 tax refund. “I never knew I could love someone so much that I hadn’t even met yet,” says

Derek, who made the trip to Haiti in August 2010 with his 12-year-old son, Trevor. Five dads, including Fred Budd, traveled to meet their new sons and daughters for the first time. At the end of their August 2010 visit, Derek had to peel Dieuluxson’s arms from around him. There was no question the love growing between Dieuluxson and the Gagnons. “We will have lots of cousins, now,” exclaims the Gagnon children, 9-year-old, Olivia, 11-year-old, Abby, and 12-yearold Trevor. Even though there is a language barrier between the kids and their future brother right now, they still love to have fun on Skype and manage to find a way to communicate with one another by making funny faces and listening to music together. “He cries every time,” says Tammy. During Tammy’s November 2010 visit to meet Dieuluxson, she burst into tears at the crowded conditions and babies on blankets on the floor. Tammy, who works at a local food bank, says, “I know there’s hunger here in this country too, but it was eye opening for me.” At first she was uneasy, but she soon realized how lucky the children were when she remembered the homeless children she had seen on

the streets as they made their way by taxi through the crumbled city of Port au Prince. Even though the conditions seemed less than perfect, the orphans were kept clean, the orphanage was run smoothly, and the children went to school and church religiously. Young Dieuluxson was wearing a pair of size 5 slim pants, a much-too-big-for-him size 12 shirt and a pair of shoes which were too small. “Next time I will bring shoes and clothes down with me,” Tammy muses, already contemplating another visit to see her son. Sue Budd and Tammy Gagnon plan to keep the siblings in each other’s lives once they bring them home to New England through family dinners, special events and holidays. The Gagnon sisters can’t wait to meet their new brother and introduce him to their yellow lab, Sam, and the two cats which they adopted last winter during a snowstorm, Snickers and Scooter. “It’s been a year of adoption,” says Tammy with a heartwarming smile. “What if he (Dieuluxson) doesn’t love me?” asks Olivia, the youngest of the bunch. “No matter what we do, the most

important thing is, he is coming home with us,â&#x20AC;? says Derek who also experienced a little apprehension leading up to the initial meeting required by Kids Kingdon Orphanage with his adoptive son. But after spending a few days in Haiti together and watching his sons, Trevor and Diueluxson, play, Derek says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve truly bonded when he falls down and he looks to us to brush him off and hug him.â&#x20AC;? Columnist and writer, Bonnie J. Toomey is mom to four interesting children and grandmother to two more. She lives with her child-groom of 30 years, and their dog, Molly, in New England. For more information, visit Bonnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog at

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never been one to sit on the sidelines while my boyfriend did his own thing. If it is your intention to raise a girl with this same mindset, I say, check out a skate park (many offer discounts and free admission for girls on select days). Skateboarding is for anyone who has the ambition to learn and the determination to fall and get back up. While there will be a handful of kids at skate parks with the stereotypical “bad attitude,” I’ve found encouragement at the skate park, no matter how small, making it a very positive place. Most skate parks have plenty of flat areas where new skaters can get the feel of standing, pushing and turning. These flat areas are also clean and for the most part, pebble-free to prevent hang ups and 14 MAY2011

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SCRAPE at the Skate Park falls. They are also smooth, which makes it easier to get speed when pushing. Parks are also a good place for beginners to learn because they can watch and learn from other skateboarders. From smooth flat ground to overhead drop-in ramps, there are plenty of levels of progression.

LOVE at First Scrape For me, it all started on a weekday night at Mass Skate Coalition in Shrewsbury (known today as Subliminal). I was left with my boyfriend’s skateboard and a row of empty chairs usually filled with parents watching their children skateboard. Justin, my boyfriend at the time, was taking photos of bikers doing tricks in the street section of the indoor park. Boredom and my will to learn new

things had me out of my seat and standing in the middle of a four-foot mini ramp, curved wood walls wrapping up to my left and right. I stood looking down at the skateboard and thought, “If everyone else can do this, so can I.” I took an unsteady step onto the board with one foot and gave myself a weak push with the other. By the end of the night, I was pushing with longer kicks and starting to feel the right moment on the curved walls of when to bend my knees, giving myself more momentum to pump myself higher and higher on the transitions. Since that night, skateboarding has been a part of my life in more ways than being just a hobby. I’ve made many friends who I’ve spent days with road-tripping to parks all over the region, gone to their house parties where we stayed up all night laughing and cheering on their homemade

ramps. These friends I most likely would not have met without skateboarding and I can happily say that years later they’re some of my best, most encouraging friends. Through these skateboarding adventures, I’ve learned the power of determination, the ability to grow and continue to learn and the feeling of self-worth, whether from teaching a younger skateboarder how to “drop in” for the first time or from feeling confident after a day of healthy exercise. As a female with a desk job, the latter becomes more of an important added bonus every year. Skateboarding hath no season. Unlike most sports in New England that depend on dry fields or snow- covered mountains, skate parks are open no matter what the sky is dropping. Skateboarding is also affordable. Any

and inline better. They also give free day passes to kids who participate in a Read to Ride program and girls skate free on Tuesdays. Subliminal, Shrewsbury: A redesigned skatepark that features a mini-ramp, a bowl and large street section. Threehour sessions are priced accordingly: $15 weekday, $20 weekend. 508755-6900. To view hours of sessions: Junction, Springfield: This all-indoor park includes a mini, a stair set with a rail on each side, boxes, ramps and ledges. It’s located on Carew Street. The park is closed on Mondays and open until 9 p.m. every night except Sunday when they close at 8:00. The park offers skate camps; details can be found on their web site:

Skateboarding is for anyone who has the ambition to learn and the determination to fall and get back up. INDOOR Skate Parks Most of the indoor parks require a child to sign a waiver, and do not allow parents to sign waivers for their children’s friends. If a parent is not going to be present for a child under the age of 18, some parks allow the form to be signed ahead of time but must be notarized. Helmets are usually required, and most indoor skate parks offer helmet rentals (they don’t typically rent elbow and knee pads). Most indoor skate parks have boards, wheels and hardware (trucks, bearings, etc.) for sale. Rye Airfield, Rye, NH: One of the best and most family-friendly indoor skate parks in New England is located in Rye, New Hampshire (just north of Hampton Beach). The park is 50,000 square feet and has all types of features including street style courses, both wood and concrete bowls and a vert ramp. Rye Airfield offers a $20 family deal on Saturdays from 9 – 11:45 a.m. plus day and overnight ramp camps to teach kids to skateboard, BMX

Skaters Edge, Taunton: Massachusetts’ largest indoor skate park is well over 30,000 square feet of wall-to-wall terrain. Beginners and pros shred it up on their popular snowman bowl as well as their real street section full of stairs, hubbas and rails. You can skate all day for $25, and girls skate free on Tuesdays. RAD Skatepark, Mendon: RAD is the place for birthday parties, and lessons are also available. Pricing is: $10 session/$15 full weekdays; $12 session/$20 full weekends and girls always skate for half price. Take a virtual tour of the park at

Newburyport Skate Park: Constructed 10 years ago, this relatively-new park offers three concrete bowls that are widely acclaimed as being some of the smoothest with best transitions in the region. The park is open Monday – Friday, 2:30 - 8 p.m. (or sunset, whichever comes first); Saturday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. It’s located behind the Rupert Nock Middle School on Low Street and is designed to accommodate beginners to experts. Newburyport also makes a great daytrip to enjoy beaches, shopping and restaurants before or after skating. 978462-6680.

are 10 a.m. until dark. Downtown Northampton is an eclectic town to eat and shop after skating. 413-587-1040. Wellfleet Skate Park: Pack your skateboard when you head to the Cape. This park sits right on the ocean at Baker’s Field on Kendrick Avenue. It’s open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until dusk. Helmets are required. 508-3490300. Brittany Durgin is Online editor for baystateparent’s sister publication, Worcester Mag. She lives for photojournalism, skateboarding, snowboarding, coffee and her dog, Radley.

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local skate shop will be able to set your child up (and you, if willing!) with all the hard goods and protective gear needed, but I recommend borrowing a friend’s board to make sure you like it first. After that, you’ll want your own so you can adjust the tightness of your trucks, size of your wheels - all things that will effect how the board rides. A skate-specific helmet is best because it covers different areas of the head than a bike helmet will. However, there are some companies like Bern Inc. that make all-season helmets so that your child can use one helmet for biking, skating and snowboarding. Encouraging your child to be enthusiastic about trying a new activity and getting some fresh air will surely put a smile on both your faces (and possibly a scrape or two they can boast about at school lunch!). Some of my favorite indoor and outdoor parks follow.


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GO SCIENCE: Get your science on during a nine-day family-friendly festival celebrating math, engineering and more. April 30 - May 8, throughout Cambridge.

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1SUNDAY FREE For Parents Parental Authority vs Children’s Autonomy. Parenting Through a Jewish Lens,659 Elm St., Concord. 10 – 11 a.m. How do you respond to your child when he or she challenges your instructions? 617-559-8733, parenting.

ONGOING Masters of Flight: Birds of Prey. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. Runs thru Sept. 5, 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m. Features 16 different bird species from around the world in this engaging, memorable and educational experience for visitors of all ages. These birds will fly in from overhead and demonstrate natural behaviors including unique survival techniques and food foraging, as well as specialized physical adaptations. A $13,Sr.$11,C$9. 617-541-5466,

3TUESDAY FREE Breastfeeding Support Group. Mothers and Company, West Boylston. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. and Mondays, 1 p.m. (except holidays). For all moms, those breastfeeding a freshly-born baby, those having challenges, those interested in learning more about using a breastpump and those interested in figuring out how to breastfeed in public. RSVPS appreciated but not required:

the program. Registration is required. $25pp. 508-898-2688, For parents 2nd Annual Dress for a Cause. Wellesley Country Club, Wellesley. 6 - 9 p.m. Designer Sara Campbell joins Kenzie Kids and K Girl of Wellesley for an evening of fashion and fun for both men and women. The evening includes a cocktail reception, expert-led scotch tasting, premiere silent auction and the highlight of the evening; a spring fashion show. All to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ticket information:

FREE Open Sensory Gym. The Barrett Family Wellness Center, The Autism Resource Center and The Charles River Autism Support Center have teamed to offer free open sensory gym time at the Barrett Family Wellness Center, 107 Otis St., Northborough. 12 – 4 p.m. Siblings under age 14 are welcome. Parents are asked to stay to provide more supervision. Registration is required and will be signed up on a first come/first serve basis. Please contact Sue Loring, Director of the Autism Resource Center at or 508-835-4278. Frogs, Pollywogs & Fairies...Exploring the Vernal Pool. Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Explore what hides under the water and lives around this seasonal pool. Pre-registration required. A$12, C$8 NM. 508-655-2296, broadmoor.

2MONDAY ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market , 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525.


ONGOING Alice in Wonderland. Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, Park Manor South. Boston. May 6 – 8. Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun. Noon and 4 p.m. Join Boston Ballet School Newton as they celebrate students’ hard work and accomplishments of the past year in a family-friendly production of the beloved children’s story Alice in Wonderland. The production includes newly created sets, costumes, and choreography with music by Peter Tchaikovsky. Visit for cost and ticket information.


ONGOING Big Apple Circus Dance On! City Hall Plaza, Government Center, Boston. Opened April 2 and runs for 67 performances through Sun., May 15. $15pp. 888-541-3750, 800-922-3772,

Celebrating Mothers! A Benefit for Room to Grow. Liberty Hotel, Boston. 8 a.m. Celebrate inspirational mothers who nurture children, strengthen families and help build our community. Room to Grow is a nonprofit organization that provides parents raising


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FREE Crane Estate Spring Open House. 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Both Crane Beach and Castle Hill on the Crane Estate will be open. Events include lawn games, a may pole dance, landscape tours, a nature walk and a family quest. Castle Hill’s 59-room mansion, the Great House, will be open for self-guided tours and refreshments. Additionally, The Crane Estate’s summer camp SummerQuest will join the fun with their own open house and scheduled camp games. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and spend the day, but please leave furry friends at home. 978-356-4351, ONGOING Revolutionary Revelry: Lexington’s May Festival. Locations throughout Lexington, Massachusetts. May 1 – 31. A month-long celebration of arts, culture, recreation and business. Daily events. See the calendar at for a full schedule. Cost varies by event, but most are free. 781-862-0500 x 260.


See a May Pole dance at Crane Estate’s Spring Open House, May 1, Ipswich,

4WEDNESDAY Girl Scout Craft and Registration. The Clinton and Lancaster Girl Scouts will hold an early bird registration / swap event at the Clinton Elementary School cafeteria. 6 – 7:30 p.m. Returning Scouts can come and register for next year and interested girls can register for the first time. Registration is $12 per year. Christine, 978-365-2770. FREE Wee Care Oral Health Program. Melvin “Dr. Mel” Ehrlich, D.D.S., 223 Walnut St. Ste 22, Framingham. 10 a.m. Free seminar with examination designed to help parents assure a cavity-free child for those under 3. The informal format assures that all parents’ questions will be answered by this pediatric dental specialist. Space is limited. 508-875-KIDS (5437), WeeCareAtDrMels. com. For Parents What is Deep Touch Protocol/ Brushing? Barrett Family Wellness Center, 107 Otis St.,Northborough. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Many are familiar with the Wilbarger Brushing Program, but are unsure how this brushing protocol affects sensory defensive children. This workshop will help to clarify these questions and explain the benefits of

babies in poverty with one-on-one parenting support and essential baby items during their children’s critical first three years of development. At this special breakfast, a Room to Grow mom will share her story, and guests will be encouraged to pay tribute to the exceptional moms in their lives. Tickets cost $75. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and to RSVP email or call 617-8594545. What Lives in the Dell? Friends of Mount Auburn, 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. 3:30 p.m. Starting in Story Chapel, Joe Martinez will share video footage of the annual salamander migration, and explain his research studying amphibians and reptiles. Participants will then walk to the Dell to search for evidence of salamanders and toads. $15NM family. 617-5477105, Baby Animals Science for Ages 4 – 6. EcoTarium, Worcester. First Thursday of every month. Session one: 10:15-10:45 a.m. Session two: 11-11:30 a.m There are two identical sessions and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. A$12, C (2- 18) $8, Under 2 FREE.


PaintBox Theatre Presents Aesop’s Fabulous Fables. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst. 1 p.m. Join Aesop (Tom McCabe) who, with the help of the PaintBox Theatre crew and the audience, of course, will explore more than a dozen beloved fables.$7pp plus museum admission. Tickets: 413-658-1126, Also May 8. ONGOING Alice in Wonderland. Boston. See May 6 listing for details. ONGOING To Kill a Mockingbird. Boston Children’s Theatre. The Wimberly Theatre Calderwood Pavillion at the Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont St., Boston. May 7 at 7:30 p.m.; May 8 at 2 p.m.; May 14 at 2 and 7 p.m.; May 15 at 2 p.m.Features 36 young performers from 29 area communities. $25pp. 617424-6634, x222, FREE Cambridge Open Studios. Various locations, Lechmere, Inman and Kendall Squares, Cambridge. Artists throughout Cambridge open their doors to the public, who can discover unique paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, film, mixed-media, literary works and more. 617-349-4380; Also May 8. FREE & ONGOING Cambridge Science Festival. April 30 – May 8. Various locations throughout Cambridge. This nine-day festival celebrates all things science, technology, engineering and math. Enjoy live science presentations, lectures, performances, exhibits, activities for kids and so much more. For Parents No Child Left Inside. New England Wild Flower Society at Garden in the Woods,180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 10 – 11:30 a.m. In this interactive workshop, hear the latest research and see examples that show native plant gardens that work well for children. Case studies illustrate many imaginative concepts to apply at home or school as a parent, grandparent, teacher or volunteer working with children. $21ppNM. Bouquet for Moms Day. Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. Bring a bouquet of flowers and receive free admission for one person. All bouquets will be donated to local hospitals, nursing homes and elder housing for moms to enjoy. Take a guided walking tour at 2 p.m., enjoy a scavenger hunt and don’t miss the many beautiful spring ephemerals. Call to confirm: 508-877-7630; BAYSTATEPARENT 17

OH,THEPLACESYOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;LLGO FREE Lexingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fife & Drum Muster. The William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps The Minute Man National Historical Park, 250 North Great Rd., Lincoln. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. Parade and musical performances by 30 fife and drum corps from around the country. Historical music and colonial vendors. 781-862-1907 FREE Open Studios. Western Avenue Studios, Lowell. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. On the first Saturday of every month. Over 200 artists such as painters, photographers, sculptors, glass artists, jewelers, mixed media artists, potters and more. See where they work, discuss art and pick up a little something to take home with you. A great place to visit.

PaintBox Theatre Presents Aesopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fabulous Fables. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst.See May 7 listing for details. To Kill a Mockingbird. Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, Boston. See May 7 listing for details.

high-technology professionals from around the world who use new technology to advance traditional visual and performing arts disciplines. See visual arts, music, dance and theatrical performances, film and video presentations are more. 617-524-8495,

Duckling Parade. Boston Common, Beacon and Park Streets, Boston.10:30 a.m. Led by the Harvard University Band, children and their families retrace the steps of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their family of eight ducklings - made famous by Robert McCloskeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Lost in Storyland Puppet Show. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. In this comic romp, classic fairy tales are given new life with a cavalcade of kooky characters. For ages 3 and up. $10 pp. 617-731-6400;

a-kind, handpainted tea cup planters. Flowers will be ready and on hand to plant. Pre-registration required: Happy Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day! Providence Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, Providence, RI. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free admission all day for moms and grandmoms! Children ages 3 - 11 create colorful fabric art from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Program free with $8.50 admission, under 12 months free. 401-273-5437, Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Event. Mamas n Divas Nail Lounge, 122 Turnpike Rd.,Westborough 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Pamper yourselves at this special Sunday opening with a selection of tea and pastries with your services. Cost of services selected. 508-389-9995,

FREE Crafts. Lakeshore Learning Store, Newton and Saugus. Drop in every Satruday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ages 3+.

Electric Youth. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester. 6 p.m. Franklin School of Performing Arts dance group, Electric Youth, performs their high-energy show celebrating the debut of their CD, All Amped Up. A $25 and $15; St., $20 and $10. 508752-0888; photo courtesy of Providence Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum

FREE Healthy Kids Day. Burbank YMCA, 36 Arthur B. Lord Dr., Reading. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Bounce house, Radio Disney, poster checks, facepainting, open swim, sample classes for kids and more. 781-944-9622, ymcaboston. org/burbank. FREE For Moms Motherless Daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brunch. First Congregational Church, 19 Church Rd., Shrewsbury. 10 a.m. A morning of conversation and sharing for women who have lost their mothers. Those who attend are welcome to bring a photo or memento of their mother to share. A light breakfast will be served. This event came about from the book Motherless Daughters by Hope Edeleman. This is the 10th year the event will be held in Shrewsbury. Carol Geary: 508-845-6070. FREE For Parents Help Me Get Ready To Read Workshop. Tatnuck Booksellers, 18 Lyman St., Westboro. 10 a.m. - noon. Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok model reading strategies to use to help young children acquire the early literacy concepts and skills they need to get ready to learn to read; demonstrate parenting strategies to foster childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feelings of confidence and competence; suggest criteria for choosing good books to read aloud; and recommend age-appropriate books to read aloud to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 508-366-4959,

8SUNDAY Happy Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day! Alice in Wonderland. Boston. See May 6 listing for details.

Happy Birthday Neighbor! Meet Rhode Island Red chickens and chicks at the Providence Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration, May 14.

classic book, Make Way for Ducklings - and then enjoy entertainment and a dramatic reading of the book. Come dressed as your favorite duck! $25 per family. Those who register before the day of the parade receive a special goodie bag. 508-494-6630; FREE Lilac Sunday. Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bring mom to the Arboretum to take tours of the lilacs, see dance performances and enjoy a picnic and other family activities at this annual Boston tradition. 617-5241718; FREE Boston Cyberarts Festival. Various locations throughout Greater Boston. Showcases artists and

FREE Cambridge Open Studios. See May 7 listing for details. Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Brunch at Verrill Farm. 11 Wheeler Rd., Concord. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Treat mom to a farmfresh brunch. After eating, kids can play in fields beside the tents while parents relax near by and finish their meal. This is a multi-generational event - for newborns to grandparents! Live classical guitar by Enrique. A$30, C under 10 $10. 978-369-4494, Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Tea and Art Party. Modern Edge Center for the Arts, 853 North Main St., Suite 202, Leominster. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. After a sit-down tea party, moms and their children will create one-of-

9MONDAY ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market , 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525. FREE For Moms Discussion: Faith and What it Means to You. MetroWest Boston Mothers & More, Whitney Place Assisted Living, 3 Vision Dr., Natick. 7:30-9 p.m. An informal dialogue about faith and meaning in our lives. Non-mobile infants welcome. Mothers Network Brunch. Autism Resource Center, 71 Sterling St., West Boylston. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Daytime support group. Tag-a-longs welcome. ONGOING Adventure Boot Camp. 15 Bellingham Rd., Worcester. 5:30 - 6:30 a.m. or 6 - 7 p.m. Fourweek outdoor fitness program that offers fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training for beginners to advanced. Fees apply. 508579-6064,

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May 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 16. Competition draws dancers from 23 countries and from the USA to perform before acclaimed judges of the ballet world and compete for awards and other prizes. $20 in advance; $23 at the door. 877-238 5596,

Sitter Mixer. Imajine That, Lawrence. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m. Part cocktail party, party speed-dating, part job fair and all fun! Meet and interview multiple qualified sitters from your local area and walk away with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sitter Match Book.â&#x20AC;? Raffles, shopping, swag bags with freebies, coupons and samples. $39 moms, $5 sitters. Spaces are limited. Pre-register:

FREE Visual Screening for ages 2 1/2-5. First Connections, 111 Old Rd. to 9 Acre Corner, Concord. 9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11:30 a.m. Dr. Lorraine Labiento Smith will provide free vision screenings to children not yet in Kindergarten who were not born prematurely and have not been diagnosed with a developmental delay. 978-287-0221 for an appointment,

Hot Potatoes. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. Read a story about potatoes and then head into the garden to prepare the soil and plant potatoes. $12; registration required. 781-259-2206;

ONGOING Where in the Wild? Providence Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum. Providence, RI. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Children get out and play, climb, crawl and discover in the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden and try their hands at fun-filled outdoor challenges each Tuesday and Thursday in May. Program free with $8.50 admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437,

FREE New Moms Groups. Mothers and Company, West Boylston. Meets on Tuesdays, 12:15 1:45 p.m., Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fridays, 12 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 p.m. All moms and babies welcome. $5pp NM. Online RSVPs appreciated.

11WEDNESDAY Princess Tea Party. The Discovery Stop, 44 Nashua Rd., Londonderry Commons Plaza, Londonderry, NH.Stop in any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a royal storytime and â&#x20AC;&#x153;teaâ&#x20AC;? party. Come dressed in your prettiest gown, if you wish! A$1, C$7.99. 603-421-2790, FREE New Momma Again Playgroup. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. Meets the second Wednesday of the month, 1 - 2:30 p.m. This is a free group for moms who have an infant and an older child (or more). Bring them both! Online RSVPs greatly appreciated: FREE Working Moms Group. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. Meets the second Wednesday of every month, 5:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7 p.m. Whether you work full-time or part-time, you are welcome to come. Come on time or come when you can. Bring your baby with you, or not. Babies from newborn to crawling welcome. This is a drop-in group but RSVPS appreciated:

12THURSDAY ONGOING Boston International Ballet Competition. 180 Berkeley St., Boston. 3 p.m.

Acrobats of the sky return to the Stone Zoo! Catch a Birds of Prey show now until Sept. 5. Donations accepted. krodriguez101@ Berkshire Theatre Festival presents Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mysteries Revealed! The Eric Carle Picture Book Art Museum, Amherst. May 14 - 15,1 and 3 p.m. A thrilling play filled with history, geography, folklore, mythology and most of all an excess of theatrical fun. $6.50pp plus museum admission. 413-658-1100,

FREE Multiple Joys and Challenges. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. Meets on the the second Thursday of each month, 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a warm drink and a monthly chat about your joys and challenges with parents who understand (dads welcome, too!). Babies and toddlers from birth to walking welcome. Free but online RSVPs are greatly appreciated:

13FRIDAY FREE Second Fridays. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 p.m. Mingle with friends in the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique galleries with displays of holograms, kinetic sculptures, historic robots and some of the latest research coming out of MIT during this monthly free evening. museum/ FREE 21st Annual Voices & Visions Creative Writing & Art Exhibition. The Home for Little Wanderers, Knight Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 161 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain. 9 a.m. - 3 p .m. Open to the public and features artwork from children in The Home for Little Wanderersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; many programs. Voices & Visions is an innovative year-long art project, which teaches positive ways of self-expression and encourages artistic development in children with emotional and behavioral challenges. *Confirm day and time: 617-264-5345, Coastal Mountain Railroad Model Train Group. First UU Church of Milford, 23 Pine St., Milford. 5p.m. Friday to 5 p.m Saturday. In conjunction with the Milford Relay for Life the

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model train group will set up and run trains for 24-hours. All proceeds to benefit the Relay for Life. Donations for admission accepted. $20 donation buys a turn at running a train the length of the layout. 774-573-0652, events/relay-for-life-train-show FREE Nursing Beyond the First Year. Mothers and Company, West Boylston. 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 :30 p.m. Meets the second Friday of each month. A monthly discussion group/playgroup for those who are continuing to breastfeed children over one year old or those who are considering it and curious to meet moms who are still enjoying their nursing relationship. RSVPs welcome. Drop-ins welcome too.

14SATURDAY Spring Yard Sale. The Auburn Public Library, Auburn. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10 fee for any sellers.

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Family Concert. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 8 p.m. Keith Lockhart leads Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchestra and special guest Byron Stripling in a concert of light classical, Broadway, jazz, and patriotic compositions suitable for the entire family. $21-$121. 617-266-1200, Japanese Storytelling. Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11 a.m., 12 and 1 p.m. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story is about kittens and their brave â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Cat.â&#x20AC;? The story is followed by an activity to celebrate Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. Free with museum admission. 617-426-6500; FREE Crimson Sailing Academy Open House â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Charles River. Crimson Sailing Academy, 45 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free sailboat rides! Parents and camper (kids aged 10-16) can come meet the instructors, see the facilities, and

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Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 3 p .m. Boston-based childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performer, Vanessa Trien, and her lively band play danceable music for families . $10. 508-405-ARTS;


FREE 5K Run/Walk and Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fun Run. Lexington Montessori School, 130 Pleasant St., Lexington. Run/ Walk at 10:30 a.m. (Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fun Run, 9:30 a.m.). A safe, fun, family-oriented event with prizes, music, food. $20, Fun Run FREE. 617-823-6787. Register: Firefighter Combat Challenge & Kids Challenge. Solomon Pond Mall, Marlbrough. The Marlborough Fire Fighters are hosting a two-day, North East Regional Firefighters Combat Challenge. Firefighters from 850 Fire Houses across MA, NH, VT, RI and CT have been invited to compete in this nationally recognized sporting event. In addition to the Firefighter competition there will be a Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Battle and Can Drive. Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Stone Zoo parking lot. Held the second Saturday of each month, April through October. All of the proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit conservation efforts supported by Zoo New England, the nonprofit organization that manages Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo. Also June 11, July 9, August 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8. FREE Teddy Bear Brunch. Sutton Public Library,

To Kill a Mockingbird. Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, Boston. See May 7 listing for details. Celebrate Asia. Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Explore Asia and Pacific Islander cultures. Free with museum admission. 617-426-6500; FREE Kâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tonton Program. Temple Sinai, 50 Sewall Ave., Brookline. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Children ages 3-4 learn about the Jewish holidays through arts and crafts, song, stories and games. FREE; registration encouraged. 617-277-5888; Family Nature Walk. Friends of Mount Auburn, 580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. 10 a.m. Join Jake Barnett for an exciting hands-on exploration of Mount Auburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural areas. Discover that even if you are only knee-high to a grasshopper, there is a fascinating and easily accessible world of wonder right under your toes. $15NM.

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ONGOING Renaissance Faire. Guiford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane, Gilford, CT. Every weekend through May 22 and on Friday, May 6. Children transform into fair maidens, merry men, knights and more this spring as they enter King Richard the Lionheartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s realm for a day of fun and games: mysterious magicians, amusing minstrels, comedic tales, jousting knights, craft demonstrations, birds of prey, pony rides, petting zoo, kid friendly gaming glen, colorful storytelling, traditional dances and a medieval marketplace, among other entertainment for the entire family. A$15, Y (5-12) $8, C under 5 free (bring a canned good for a discount).

Special Storytime. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Amherst. 2 p.m. Join awardwinning artist Stephen Savage as he shares his newest book, Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walrus?, a delightfully graphic romp through the city with a runaway walrus. Book signing to follow. Free with admission. 413-658-1100,


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Farmstead & Old House Tour. Appleton Farms, Waldingfield Rd., Route 1A, Ipswich. 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 p.m. Visit the oldest continuously operating farm in the country. On this guided, leisurely walk, you will learn about some of the Appleton familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories as you wander the farmstead, visit the dairy during milking time and tour the newly remodeled Old House (now the farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visitor center). $5 pp. 978-356-5728 x 15 or email Also June 19th. Firefighter Combat Challenge & Kids Challenge. Solomon Pond Mall, Marlbrough. See May 14 listing for details. FREE For parents Ages and Stages of Parenting. Parenting Through A Jewish Lens 1664 Central Ave., Needham. 10:30- 11:30 a.m. What does Jewish wisdom have to teach us about the different stages of parenthood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; morphing from the children of our own parents to the parents of our children? What are hopes for our children and what are aspirations for ourselves as parents? What inspires us and what informs our choices? 617-559-8733, hebrewcollege. edu/parenting. FREE Open Sensory Gym. The Barrett Family Wellness Center, The Autism Resource Center, and The Charles River Autism Support Center have teamed to offer free open sensory gym time. Barrett Family Wellness Center, 107 Otis St., Northborough. 12 - 4 p.m. Siblings under age 14 are welcome. Parents are asked to stay to provide more supervision. Registration is required and will be signed up on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Sue Loring, Director of the Autism Resource Center at or 508-835-4278. Angiosarcoma Awareness 5K Race and Walk. Oxford High School, 495 Main St., Oxford. 9 a.m. $25 to register, includes T-shirt. 508-335-3616,

ONGOING Arctic Adventure. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Go deep inside the Arctic Circle to explore the frozen North -- the closest that most of us will ever get to this fascinating and fragile region. Discover whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s under the tip of an iceberg. Compare your weight to a polar bear. Check out real bear skulls and whale artifacts, hear from polar researchers and test your own Arctic IQ. Bear facts, whale tales... can it get any cooler? Admission applies. 508-929-2700,

16MONDAY ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market , 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525. ONGOING Battle Road Walk. Minute Man National Park Visitor Center, Route 2A (Lincoln/Lexington Town Line), Lexington. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. until Oct. 30. Explore the historic â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle Roadâ&#x20AC;? which travels part of the route which Paul Revere and Samuel Prescott rode to warn the Colonists of the coming of British troops. The route passes battle fields, wetlands, colonial homes and the recently restored Hartwell Tavern. There is a choice of a 6 or 10 km (3.7- 6.2 mile) trail. The walk route is rated easy suitable for strollers but not for wheelchairs. 781-402-0058,

17TUESDAY Greater Worcester Mothers of Twins Meeting. Location TBD. Meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. First meeting and expectant mothers free. 508-347-5606 or ONGOING Turtle Travels. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. Exhibit ends June 6. 10 a.m. - 5

Now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year. h7HEREBRIGHTMINDS COMEtogether!â&#x20AC;? Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Six The Brighton School is a non-proďŹ t, private, independent elementary school dedicated to providing a quality education that addresses the individual needs of students.

p.m. Walk onto a life-sized board game, play interactive games, answer questions, see artifacts and watch video to discover what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to be a turtle traveling through local habitats. The lively setting will have you advancing from one station to the next as you crawl on a turtle bridge, try on a turtle shell, help turtles to safety and follow a sea turtle as it swims. Museum admission applies. 508-929-2700,

18WEDNESDAY Autism 101: What It is and What is it Not. Family Support Center, 1460 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg. 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m. FREE Pregnancy Chat. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. 7 p.m. Join other moms-to-be (birth partners are also welcome) to chat about everything pregnancy-related, from silly to serious, nothing is off-limits to discuss. $10 per expectant mother. Also June 13 at 7 p.m.

19THURSDAY FOR MOMS Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Networking. WCSWANS: Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club SWANS Waterstreet Cafe, 36 Waterstreet, Fall River. 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 p.m. Open to all women interested in an evening of fun and inspiration and connecting with other women. Dinner and an inspiring speaker, Patricia Raskin, of Positive Living. Particia brings with her a lifetime of experience as an award-winning media producer who is a talk-show host, media coach, speaker and author.$30NM. 401-694-1284, ONGOING Storytime Ages 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6. Goodnow Library, Sudbury. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Just drop in every Thursday, year-round.

20FRIDAY FREE MOMS Club of Hubbardston Area Location TBA, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Email Joanne at for details. MOMS Club of Hubbardston Area is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, a support group for mothers, serving the towns of Barre, Hubbardston, Princeton and Templeton. Meets every 3rd Friday of the month. 508-667-8102, Play Factory: The Prince and the Pauper. Watertown Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. May 20, 7 p.m.; May 21 7 p.m.; May 22 1 p.m. Mark Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful message comes to life as WCTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actors, Grades 3 -5, perform his funny tale about walking in someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shoes. $10 general admission. 617-926-2787,

21SATURDAY FREE & ONGOING Crafts. Lakeshore Learning Store, Newton and Saugus. Drop in every Satruday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ages 3+. Hoopla! Providence Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum, Providence, RI. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kids invent their own fun and games with hoops of all sizes and colors in The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden. Ages 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11. Program free with $8.50 admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437, Also Sun.,May 22. Play Factory: The Prince and the Pauper. Watertown Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre, Watertown. See May 20 listing for details.

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OH,THEPLACESYOU’LLGO FREE Solo Moms Teatime. Mothers and Company, Route 140, West Boylston. Meets the third Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. For single moms, moms who are parenting entirely or mostly on their own for one reason or another, moms whose partners are living far away (i.e. military service), moms whose children do not know their fathers and moms who chose to have a baby without a partner.

22SUNDAY A Walk Home: 2nd Annual Walk for Adoption. The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange. Jordan’s Furniture,450 Revolutionary Dr., East Taunton. 9 a.m. - Noon. Family-friendly 5K (or shorter)with fun, games, refreshments. Age 13+ $15, C 12 and under Free. 617-54-ADOPT



3 – 11. Program free with $8.50 admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437, Also May 29th.

Fairies in the Garden. New England Wild Flower Society, Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Where do tiny woodland fairies live in our Gardens? Maybe under the lady’s-slipper orchids? Perhaps near the fairybell wildflowers? Listen to a story about woodland fairies, take a walk to look at wildflowers with a magical fairy connection, and build a fairy house for the Garden and one to take home. For Children in Grades K-2. $16ppNM. 508877-7630 x 3303,

MFA Toddler Playdate. Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10:30 a.m. Bring your toddler or preschooler for a drop-in, read-aloud story times, followed by a short tour of specially selected art that both kids and adults enjoy. adults, free with museum admission; kids, free. 617-369-3300;

Wool Day. Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Old Sturbridge Village sheep get their annual “hair cuts” and historians demonstrate how wool is processed: from shearing, scouring, and carding to dyeing, spinning, and weaving (in other words, from sheep to shirt - or chemise). Try your hand and test your history IQ at our textile exhibit. Memorial Day is also the official kick-off to summer activities with period games, 1830s base ball, French & English tug-of-war contests and our weekend to roll out the Old Sturbridge Village stagecoach and relaunch the boat ride on the Quinebaug River. A$20, Sr (65+) $18, C (3-17) $7, Under 3 Free. 508-347-3362,

ONGOING Preschool and Toddler Wednesdays. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way Worcester. Enjoy storytime, craft activities, live animals and more--all developed especially for little ones ages 3 and under. New themes every

FREE Parent Support Group in Millbury. Parent/ Professional Advocacy League (PPAL). Millbury Public Library, 128 Elm St., Millbury. 10:30 a.m.- 12. This is a free and confidential Parent Support Group, where you can meet other parents and caregivers that understand the struggles and victories of raising challenging kids who may have emotional, behavioral or mental health needs. 508-767-9725,

Hoopla! Providence Children’s Museum, Providence, RI. See May 21 listing for details.

Annual Letter Writing Day. Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History Regis College, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. 1 – 4 p.m. Children will learn how to properly address an envelope and postcard and will create their own envelopes from colorful paper to mail their letters to friends - the Museum pays the postage. A calligrapher will demonstrate writing techniques and two authors will discuss their new book about stories from letter carriers. Adults are invited to share their favorite stories about letters they have received. On exhibit are letters from the 19th century. Also stamp games and puzzles. A$8, Sr. $5, C FREE under age 16. 781768-8367,

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Play Factory: The Prince and the Pauper. Watertown Children’s Theatre, Watertown. See May 20 listing for details.

You’ll find FREE furry fun at the 4th Annual Whisker Walk, Lancaster Fairgrounds, Sun., June 5th. Bring your pooch!

Jump In! Providence Children’s Museum, Providence, RI. See May 28th listing for details.

ONGOING Story and Healthy Snack Time. Whole Foods Market , 575 Worcester Rd., Framingham. Every Monday at 10:30 a.m., For children ages 2 - 6. 508-628-9525.

For Parents Raising Sons. First Connections, Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Mass. Avenue, Boxboro. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Betsy Wisch, LMHC, presents information to help parents navigate the world of boys age 0-8, and give practical tips on communicating with, emotionally supporting and being a role model for sons. $10 suggested donation. 978-287-0221 to register, Bubble-Licious. Drumlin Farm, 208 South Great Rd., Lincoln. 4 – 5:30 p.m. Experiment with making square, triangular or multi-sided bubbles. Then head out to the fields to see if the spittlebugs have started blowing their camouflage bubbles. $12; registration required. For children ages 6 -9 . 781-259-2206; 22 MAY2011

ONGOING Historical Route Walk. Start at Rite Aid Pharmacy, 71 Lowell Rd., Concord. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon. - Sat., and Sun., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Walkers are invited to explore the many historic sites of Concord until Dec. A walk route of either 5 or 10 km (3.1-6.2 mile) is available. Both routes are rated reasonably easy but are not suitable for strollers or wheel chairs due to some steep paths. 978-369-5695. clubs/walknmass.



ONGOING Wizard of Oz Exhibit Opening. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Follow the yellow brick road to the Boston Children’s Museum for a multi-sensory, cross-discipline exploration of the Land of Oz, including Munchkinland, The Crossroads, the Witch’s Castle and The Emerald City. Open through Sept. 10. Free with museum admission. 617-426-6500;

ONGOING Tree Canopy Walkway Now Open! EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. Held on Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 12:30 – 4 p.m. Now open on weekends May 28 through June 26. Kids and adults, come experience what it’s like to walk at the tops of the trees-- or be a treetop scientist! Explore firsthand what’s living up there and investigate the different kinds of trees that make up EcoTarium’s forest. End your adventure by zipping to the forest floor in our comfy (and secure) chair harness. Timed tickets are sold for each 1/2 hr between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Opens for daily access on June 28. $10pp plus museum admission. 508-9292700,


week! Story and animal encounters happen at 10:30, 11 and 11:30, with an craft activity ongoing. Free with museum admission: 508-9292700,

26THURSDAY FREE for Parents Food and Sustainability. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 7 p.m. While eating is a necessity, it is not a license to be reckless in our consumption. What happens when we use up all of the world’s resources? Share the discussion as we imagine what a healthy food system for the planet would look like. How do we feed a growing population without exhausting the planet? 617-7232500;

28SATURDAY The Poetry and Songs of Shel Silverstein. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd., Amherst. 1 and 3 p.m. A live performance of some of Shel Silverstein’s best known and beloved poems and songs. Free with museum admission. 413-658-1100, FREE & ONGOING Crafts. Lakeshore Learning Store, Newton and Saugus. Drop in every Satruday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ages 3+. Jump In! Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St., Providence, RI. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Kids jump with long ropes, short ropes, flat ropes, round ropes and try out new tricks in The Children’s Garden. Ages

ONGOING Historical Route Walk. Start at Rite Aid Pharmacy, 71 Lowell Rd., Concord. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon. - Sat., and Sun., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Walkers are invited to explore the many historic sites of Concord until Dec. A walk route of either 5 or 10 km (3.1-6.2 mile) is available. Both routes are rated reasonably easy but are not suitable for strollers or wheel chairs due to some steep paths. 978-369-5695. clubs/walknmass. Memorial Day Weekend. Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Guided tours at 10 a.m. and scavenger hunt with kids. Look for lady slippers, which are normally in bloom over Memorial Day weekend. Free with garden admission. 508-877-7630, FREE Military Service Appreciation Weekend. Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. All active duty, retired and reserved military personnel and their dependents who show proof of service receive free admission to the zoo. 508-991-6178; Handwriting: More than Pencil and Paper. Barrett Family Wellness Center, 107 Otis St., Northborough. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Parent/Educator


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The Boston Common celebrates Boston Making History, Mon., June 6, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Kids can try Native American dancing, play 18th century games and more. FREE.

Workshop: Many people have the misconception that good penmanship comes only from sitting at a desk practicing. Parents and educator can join a discussion on the building blocks to good handwriting which includes the importance of developed gross and fine motor control, upper body strength, and position in space awareness. Registration is required. $25pp. 508-898-2688,

ONGOING Ride the Stagecoach at Old Sturbridge Village. Opens Memorial Day weekend and runs through Thanksgiving. Experience luxury travel 1830s style by riding in a museum-quality reproduction of actual stagecoaches that traveled from Boston to Hartford in the early 1800s by the entrance to Old Sturbridge Village. $5 with museum admission. 800-733-1830,

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Massachusetts Mamapreneurs Mama reneurs photos and text by Stephanie Piscitelli of Bellini Portraits

Moms are amazing. Every one of us in our own way: the single mom, the stay-at-home mom, the mom of multiples, etc. In this spirit, baystateparent fell in love with photographer Stephanie Piscitelli’s blog and the fabulous women she features on “Mamapreneur Monday,” women who “balance” motherhood while pursuing their creative interests as small business owners. Meet six styl-

ish and enterprising local moms here including the very talented Mrs. Piscitelli herself. Happy Mother’s Day to all of us managing the business of motherhood inside and outside of our homes.

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Stephanie Piscitelli, South Shore, Bellini Portraits For the past four years, Stephanie has balanced motherhood while working as a full-time photographer (her son Grayson was about 7 months old when Stephanie started Bellini Portraits). Today, Stephanie is the mother of two beautiful boys, Grayson, 4 ½, and Madden, 16 months. How I came up with my business name: I wanted something different and memorable that connoted playfulness, children and beauty. I chose ‘Bellini’ because it means ‘little beautiful one’ and felt it would be perfect, as I would be focusing mainly on babies and children. What makes my photography unique: My work is recognizable as ‘light and airy’ not only in the way I shoot – usually backlit and sun soaked – but with the way I process my images. Additionally, I have been collecting antique and vintage props for years and I love incorporating those into my shoots. Not only are they visually beautiful, they help tell a story and keep the kids interactive and interested during our sessions. The hardest part and some of my struggles starting 26 MAY2011

my own business: Definitely finding the balance with a job that I love so much and pour my heart into day to day with being ever present in my family life for my young children and husband. Luckily I have the help of our wonderful sitter four days a week plus the ongoing support from my amazing husband who is there for me, whatever I need, whenever I need it. Period. The creative ways I juggle being a woman, a mother, a business owner and a wife: Keep telling myself, ‘I am woman, hear me roar!’ No, seriously, you really need to find time for yourself as hard as it may be. I (my needs) always come last. I think that’s true for every woman/wife/mother out there. I’ve only come to the realization recently that I know that I need to put my needs first from time to time. For instance, not making excuses about getting to the gym at least a few times a week. There will always be something to do: grocery shopping, laundry, the endless things I can be doing daily as a small business owner. But carving out that 90 minutes for myself makes me feel so much better; it clears my head and I feel better emotionally and physically.

STEPHANIE: JUST FOR FUN Favorite meal: I love Italian food. Ravioli is my fav! Has to be cheese. I’m a purist when it comes to ravioli! Favorite restaurant: Sorrellina in Boston, Al Forno in Providence Favorite piece of clothing or accessory: My True Religion jeans. I actually like the way my butt looks in them. Also, I love my diamond studs. I wear them every day. Favorite childhood memories: Still believing in Santa. Being together as a family before my parents divorced. My ideal day: To sleep until at least 8 a.m., a massage, mani/pedi, then on a boat soaking up the sun, listening to great music, having cocktails and laughs, ending with eating a fabulous dinner outside watching the sunset. Visit: and


Julie Richard, North Shore Shelter (Interior Design) Julie obtained her master’s degree in interior design in 2004 and worked for a number of elite firms in Boston before branching out on her own four years ago. She created Shelter, a full-service interior design firm specializing in residential interiors when she was pregnant with her first child. Currently Julie has a son, 3-year-old Colby, and a daughter, 1-year-old Emerson. What makes your business so unique? ...I usually design custom pieces for every project. I am in the process of creating a furniture line of upholstered pieces. When I cannot find the perfect piece for a job, I just design it! I really want my clients’ homes and projects to feel personal and unique. I try to stay away from anything that looks contrived, overdone or predictable.

What is the hardest part or have been some of your struggles starting your own business? Making time for everything!! I would love to fit more design-related travel into my schedule. Sifting through

all the paperwork and accounting is extremely time consuming. I could spend half my week on those tasks, but I would much rather be designing, sketching and finding new product sources.

What are some of the creative ways you have found to juggle being a woman, a mother and a business owner? Most days are very busy. I try to keep the kids and myself on track with a routine, but I am also open to deviating from our daily routine. Children are bright little people and can sense when you are stressed out. I try to keep them engaged with creative play. We draw, dance, sing, play outdoors etc. I also need downtime, so I make time for myself. I exercise and meet friends for a glass of wine. A happy mother makes for a better mother and a more efficient business owner. Writing my blog is time consuming but it is also an escape. I love to read other design blogs. They are very inspiring.

Ideal Day: A warm sunny, summer day that begins with a workout, followed by a day at the beach with my children and a night sipping cocktails, eating dinner and listening to music outdoors underneath strings of party lights with friends and family Visit: and

JULIE: JUST FOR FUN Favorite piece of clothing or accessory: Vintage, chunky jewelry and jeans Favorite vacation spot: Any place in Europe: Spain, France, Italy. I’m drawn to the cafes, food, people, fashion, history and architecture. I’m overdue for a trip. BAYSTATEPARENT 27


Kiki Fluhr, Quincy The Measure and All the Numbers For the past 2 ½ years, Kiki has run her own children’s clothing design business, The Measure and All the Numbers. Kiki is the new mom of 9-month-old boy/girl twins, Mairwen Athena (Mae) and Will Harrison. What makes your business so unique? I was really sick for a long while and wasn’t able to work outside the home for over a year when it was at its worst. I sewed because I loved to sew, and it gave me something to feel accomplished about, something I could look at and say, ‘I made this today’ instead of feeling completely useless. I bought some vintage patterns off Ebay, one of which was a little girl’s pinafore that reminded me of things my mom made for me. After making a few and substantially changing the pattern, I thought this might be something other people might be interested in, and I opened a shop on Etsy. Almost 1500 sales later, the rest is history! How did you come up with the names? All the Numbers was my first shop. The name came from something my mom said to me every night when she was tucking me in. She would say, ‘I love you ALL the numbers!’ meaning, I love you SO much! I always loved that saying, and when my shop became about designing for little ones, it just seemed natural to use that idiom. At the top of my shop I have written the definition: All.the.num.bers – (adv.) Definition: The measure of how much I love you. I opened The Measure when I started to branch out and sell my pieces wholesale, and ‘The Measure’ is taken from that definition. I wanted something separate but related.

What makes your product/business unique? I’ve never been a fan of cutesy clothing for children. A pint-size sufferer forced to wear Polly Flinders dresses myself, I will always go for simple instead of ruffles, bows and smocking. Not that there isn’t a place for those things, but I find so many baby things to be completely overwrought, and I always run in the other direction. I try to create styles that will appeal to mom as well as child – nothing wrong with a bit of sophistication for the little ones. I also try and incorporate eco-friendly practices. I make dresses out of upcycled Oxford cloth shirts. (I also accept them in trade!) And I also use vintage fabric and vintage homegoods in designs. My latest line has a lot of crochet detail – inspired by a box of vintage cotton doilies I came across. In using details such as these, I think a feeling of nostalgia can be expressed without looking dated, when they’re paired with modern silhouettes. What is the hardest part or have been some of your struggles starting your own business? I do not have a lot of business acumen. The logistics of marketing, bookkeeping and record keeping are a real struggle for me. What are some creative ways to juggle being a woman, a mother, a business owner and a wife? I am struggling with this because the addition of mother to the list has really changed everything. I have an assistant Sioux that I absolutely could not live without! She does a lot more now than before the babies arrived. Truth be told, I will take any advice anyone has to give me on this front!

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KIKI: JUST FOR FUN Favorite meal: Give me a burger and a Guinness and I’m a happy camper. Favorite restaurant: Really anywhere said burger and Guinness can be obtained….I’m recently fond of the Met Bar. And Fat Cat in Quincy Center is pretty phenomenal. 28 MAY2011

Favorite piece of clothing or accessory: My Frye boots. I don’t fit the normal shoe-aholic stereotype – I’m fiercely loyal to my one and onlys. On any given day, what makes you smile? When my babies wake up and see me for the first time in the morning, they get this huge smile on their face, and a look like, ‘Oh THERE you are!! I missed you and now everything is okay.’ And it melts my heart. Every. Single. Time. I am blessed beyond measure….


Alexandra Morrill, Sherborn Laughing Giraffe Books Alexandra Morrill launched her Web site, offering high-quality, award-winning book collections for children from birth to age 8, in July 2010 when her two daughters were age 2 and 8 months. After having her daughters, Alexandra, who has a background in education, wanted to find a way to help encourage young readers while keeping a flexible schedule that allows her to be with her kids as much as possible (today, they are ages 3 and 18 months).

Bundles and Book of the Month collections built around a specific theme, gender or age and contains a well researched collection of kid favoritesboth classics and newer offerings. In addition, unlike anything else on the market, each collection comes with a search-and-find game related to the book bundle or book of the month theme, which can be redeemed for a prize, and arrives beautifully gift wrapped.

How did you come up with the name? I was looking for a name that would evoke whimsy and the magic of childhood. The fact that my daughters love giraffes and that they are scattered throughout the house might have helped point me in that directionâ&#x20AC;Ś.

What is the hardest part of starting your own business? As a stay-at-home mother for two young children, the running of Laughing Giraffe Books is relegated primarily to naptime (which is rapidly disappearing) and after bedtime. In addition, my husband purchased a Silk Screening and Embroidery company in January of 2010 adding one more element to our wonderfully hectic lives. However, the feedback we have received from happy parents and customers makes it all worthwhile! Knowing that I am helping to encourage the next generation of readers is a great feeling.

Please explain a little bit about your business and how you developed the concept behind it: My background is in education and as a reading specialist and special education teacher, my favorite moments were when I was able to get a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nonreaderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hooked by a special story or character. Laughing Giraffe Books offers Book

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have found to juggle being a woman, a mother, a business owner and a wife? I have formed a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;partnershipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of sorts with a neighbor and good friend who also runs a small business from her home. We often rely on each other for feedback, support, occasional child care, and a much needed glass of wine and dinner break. Visit: Also on Facebook and Twitter@ LaughingGBooks

ALEXANDRA: JUST FOR FUN Who is your biggest inspiration? My parents Favorite meal: sushi (my current craving) Favorite restaurant: Zebraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro in Medfield, MA (plays into the sushi craving) Favorite piece of clothing or accessory: Yoga pantsâ&#x20AC;Ś and a good book!

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Lauren Rubinstein, Wellesley, and Arline Heimlich, Newton Lauren & Lola are a mother/daughter team who launched their merchandising business in August 2010 when Lauren’s son, Noah, was 4 months old. (questions answered by Lauren) Tell us about the name: Lauren is my first name, and my mom is known as Lola among her grandchildren When my mom became a grandmother three years ago, she decided that

she felt too young to be called grandma, nana or, heaven forbid, bubbe. My sister-in-law, who is Filipino, suggested that she adopt the Tagalog word for grandmother, Lola. It suited her perfectly and once my nephew was born, it stuck. Please explain a little bit about your product/ business and how you developed the concept behind it: With the birth of my son, I wanted to embark on a new opportunity that kept

Annissa Essaibi George, Dorchester, Stitch House Annissa has four children – all boys (triplets Charlie, Kayden and Samir, age 4) and (big brother Douglas, age 6). She started planning her business when they were 2 and 6 months (crazy, she knows) and opened a year later. Annissa just celebrated the Stitch House's one-year anniversary but has been in business for 3.5 years. What is the hardest part or have been some of your struggles starting your own business? Now that I own a business, I have less time to dedicate to my crafts. I enjoy sewing and knitting but now that I own and operate a business that promotes these activities I have a lot less time to enjoy them myself. Some of what I struggle the most with is the administrative piece. There is no creativity in the paperwork of running a business. It simply needs to get done! I also kept my day job as a teacher. First the benefits are great and being self-employed with 4 kids and a husband, I need insurance. Plus 30 MAY2011

it helps that I love teaching high school – it is a different experience than toddlers – that’s for sure! What are some of the creative ways you have found to juggle being a woman, a mother, a business owner and a wife? Well, first I need to have help. I have some great employees that I trust working at my shop. I also have a wonderful husband that is great with our kids and our family that helps all the time. I am very lucky to have younger sisters who are always willing to pitch in. My husband and I also try to give each other nights 'off' to do our things outside the home. Visit: com


ANNISSA: JUST FOR FUN Favorite dessert: Lemon mouse cake from Kondeitermeister. Sometimes I’ll sneak a quick ride to

Braintree just for a little snack. Second favorite is boxed cupcakes and store bought frosting Favorite piece of clothing or accessory: The Mother’s Day right after the triplets

HAPPYMOTHER’SDAY me closer to home while incorporating my passion for marketing to moms (the focus of most of my 10-year career in advertising). Even before becoming pregnant, children were at the forefront of my professional and personal life. I worked as a marketing manager for American Baby magazine, and I married a pediatrician. Once pregnant, I quickly realized that the baby marketplace is a crowded one and navigating beyond the baby superstore necessities is no easy task. Without the trusted advice of other moms, it is difficult to know what is irresistibly fabulous but thoroughly impractical and sensibly convenient but lacking in allure. Partnering with my mom, who owned a modeling agency and has spent 20 years hosting trunk shows featuring women’s clothing and accessories, we launched Lauren & Lola with the objective of helping other moms navigate the baby market and providing them with our own mommy and grandma must-haves.

business owner and a wife? 1. Naptime is sacred. A lot of new moms sleep when the baby sleeps. That’s when I get my work done. 2. Although difficult to motivate sometimes, date nights are essential. We’re often tempted to stay home in our PJs and order take out, but my husband and I never regret taking the time to get dressed up for a night out of yummy food and adult conversation. 3. Take-out is under-rated. Who is your biggest inspiration? My mom. When I was growing up, she was able to apply her passions to successful businesses that enabled her to be there everyday when

my brother and I came home from school and allowed us to sit down as a family for dinner together every night Visit:


North End Favorite piece of clothing or accessory: Charm necklace my husband gave me when my son was born Favorite childhood memory: Summers on Cape Cod with my family

Favorite meal: Homemade lasagna Favorite dessert: Chocolate bread pudding Favorite restaurant: Market in San Diego and The Daily Catch in Boston’s

When you have free time (ha!) what would your ideal day entail? Sleeping late, brunch with my family, a walk someplace with beautiful scenery, a massage and dinner at a hip new restaurant with my husband

What is the hardest part or have been some of your struggles starting your own business? The hardest part is finding enough hours in the day to complete all of my mommy and work duties. When you’re a working-fromhome mom, there’s a lot of pressure to be the perfect mother and the business-savvy, tireless entrepreneur. In trying to juggle the expectations associated with the devoted mother and the high-powered executive, I often feel like I’m doing a mediocre job at both tasks. What are some of the creative ways you have found to juggle being a woman, a mother, a

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Marleigh Brown OF WRENTHAM Age: 38 Occupation: Stay-at-home mom Married to: Tim Brown Mom of: Harry (8 1/2), Lily (7) and Sarah (5 1/2) BY

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arleigh Brown smiles as she recounts the events from the day before. The Monday after school vacation, her oldest was furiously writing the report he claimed was finished, her youngest was walking around half-dressed, and her middle daughter was outside being dragged across the lawn by Gus, their 9 month-old yellow lab. The bus pulled up five minutes later, and with the kids miraculously off to school, fully dressed, Marleigh planned the errands she’d run before heading to school herself for Harry’s presentation. She didn’t plan for Gus disappearing with the neighbor’s dog. She didn’t know she’d be spending the next two hours scouring the neighborhood for the canine couple, or that they’d both appear at the school as Marleigh headed for Harry’s classroom, just in time for her to corral them into the van. Life has a way of messing with plans. Marleigh, 38, of Wrentham, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis two years ago. MS affects upwards of 250,000 people in the U.S., most diagnosed between the ages of 20-40. It is a progressive disease with many faces. Most people function effectively with MS, but muscle stiffness, weakness, memory loss and chronic fatique create sizable hurdles. Devastated at first, Marleigh lived in denial. “This was not in my plan.” Plan, she did. After the birth of her first son, Harry, Marleigh knew she wanted three more children. She knew what each gender would be and bought a charm bracelet, evenly spacing out three more places. Life for Marleigh was active, too. The oldest of four and the only girl, Marleigh says, “My brothers and I were competitive. We swam and played tennis. On weekends, we skied. It was always about who could get to the bottom first.” Raised in Swampscott, Marleigh rode her bike everywhere- to swim and cheering practices, as well as to babysit. “My bike was my freedom.” Marleigh ran her first triathlon in 2006. By then, Lily and Sarah had been born, and she wanted to incorporate exercise back into her life. “I love how it makes me feel.” Her brother, Dean, owner of Fit Werx bike shop in Peabody, lent Marleigh her first bike to train. “It was a little big, but I did well.” After that, she was hooked. The camaraderie, community and adrenaline rush were enough to keep Marleigh competing. “It wasn’t that I wanted to win,” she explains. “I just didn’t want anyone to beat me.” But two years ago, the diagnosis. A woman who took life by the bullhorns, Marleigh began to feel tired. Often. “Stairs were daunting.” She was too tired to smile for husband, Tim, when he arrived home. Spells of dizziness, memory loss, weakness in her hip and electric shocks in her legs prompted Marleigh to visit her doctor, who immediately sent her for an MRI. “The MRI showed lesions, some active and enhanced, in my brain and on my cervical spine.” Lesions are a symptom of MS, and interfere with proper functioning of the central nervous system. Marleigh was officially diagnosed months later after

stronger relationship. Although she still gets tired and sometimes angry with the disease, Marleigh is taking on that bull again. “I could have a pity party, but I’ve done that and it’s not much fun,” she says. “I’m truly thankful for the opportunity to see how precious life is.” It’s a message she passes on to her children. It’s the spirit that’s inspired the 65 cyclists on the Fit Werx team this year. It’s the inspiration that draws many of us to her. Marleigh didn’t plan on MS, but MS didn’t plan on Marleigh.


new lesions appeared during a subsequent MRI. “I was terrified. Sad. Guilty. My husband didn’t sign up for this. He didn’t marry MS.” Marleigh thought of her grandmother, whom she’d known only in her later years, after an MS diagnosis and a wheelchair. Although her grandmother had been active and an artist in her younger days, Marleigh never knew her then. “The wheelchair. That was the only MS I knew.” For months, Marleigh experienced the darkest days of her life. She feared MS would take her away from her children. She imagined never teaching them to ski, taking family bike trips and dancing at their weddings. She mourned not being able to race anymore. “I lost that part of my identity.” Over time, Marleigh found support. She processed her diagnosis with the help of others living with MS. Though it took time, Marleigh began to focus on what she could do now instead of what she might not be able to do later. She found inspiration in the quote, “Life is like photography. We develop from the negatives.” Months after the diagnosis, Marleigh signed on for the 2-day, 150 mile Cape Cod Bike MS event, which draws thousands of cyclists. As a show of support, all of her brothers signed on. Then a girlfriend, Heather Cunningham, offered to ride. “Marleigh’s been an inspiration to me. I wanted to help,” she says. Marleigh realized others wanted to help, too. “At first I wasn’t comfortable with being team captain,” she says. But excited to feel the “fire” again, Marleigh took on the task with fervor. In months, the team grew to 39, most of whom, like Heather, had never taken part in a bike event before. Collectively, they raised $70,000 for MS research and prevention. Marleigh was the first woman to cross the finish line. Today, Marleigh’s plans have changed. Often, she has no plans. “I’ve learned to say no, and I’m more selective with my time.” She slowed down enough to fall in love with yoga. She eats for healthloading her plate with vegetables, whole grains, fish, and avoiding dairy and gluten. Moving herself and her family to the top of her priority list, Marleigh taught her children to ski and the family bikes regularly. She and Tim have a

If you’d like to donate to the National MS Society, and to Team Fit Werx, search for the team at at the Cape Cod Getaway Event, from Quincy to Provincetown. The event takes place the weekend of June 26-27. Donna Morin Miller is a Wrentham-based freelance writer, a second-year cyclist for Fit Werx and one of those fortunate to be a friend to Marleigh.

Take 10 with Marleigh 1. Best part of my day: The little sliver of quiet time after Tim leaves for work in the morning and before the kids wake up. It’s like a little secret between me, my coffee and Gus (our dog). 2. What makes me a better mom: Exercise. My husband’s support, and maybe a hug. And a deep breath every now and again helps, too. 3. Why cycling? Balance. I remember as a child being one of the last of my friends to learn to ride and the frustration of learning how to balance on those two wheels. It’s still about balance today. But now, it’s my go-to *something* when I need a break to refuel and recharge my batteries. It’s therapy — I ride and do my best thinking while on the saddle. It is meditative and calming when I need it — my mind can get lost in breathing in the scenery and scents of nature. And it’s a great workout when an adrenaline rush and good sweat is what I’m after. Cycling gives me balance in my life, and I know I’m always happier person when I get back from a ride — and able to be a better mom, wife and friend.


Marleigh chooses three words to describe her family: truth, unity, mine. 4. Songs I’ll blare on the radio: Pink’s “Raise your Glass,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” “Anything” by Rob Thomas and anything from the 80s. Yes, I am bringing my kids up Top40, because really, I am still 17 at heart. 5. Current family obsessions: Our puppy Gus — a sweet yellow lab, and my iPad. (But the way my kids monopolize it, you’d never know it was mine.) 6. An inspiring parent I know: My mom (deceased). I miss her every day, and her memory and attitude continue to inspire me. Crazy, but I feel like I am still getting to know her with each passing year of motherhood. 7. Favorite family foods: Green smoothies. The only (kid you not) thing everyone likes in common. They are just fruit smoothies with a leaf or two of chard or kale blended in there.We like Friday heavy-apps-in-front-of-the-fire-night, too. A little something for everyone, and the kids help prepare it.

8. Favorite things about spring: Cycling weather, and everything outdoors followed closely by an empty mudroom and kids’ backpacks clear of all that winter snow gear. 9. Spring cleaning: I do not like to clean and do not like to think about it. Really. It makes me cranky. If I have to pick something, it will be the yard. A whole winter’s worth of dog clean up. I will start with that on a sunny day. 10. On Mother’s Day, we will probably: Enjoy watching a lacrosse clinic, our son’s First Holy Communion, a lacrosse game and a baseball practice. It will be like any other day, but I will reflect. On my life as a mom, and I will remember my own mom. Every day is Mother’s Day--there is just a bit more reflecting today. Moms Rock is an award-winning monthly feature that celebrates the good that moms do. Do you know a mom who just rocks? Email editor@baystateparent. com.

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No matter what area of my life, it is striking how often I hear mothers voice concerns about a decline in brain functioning after having children. They say their brains have become “mush” and that they “can’t remember anything anymore.” Sometimes this is said with humor, sometimes not, but when asked, most mothers say there has been a change, and not a positive one. In fact, surveys have shown that most women believe they are cognitively impaired after having children, reporting things like distractibility, difficulty concentrating, memory lapses and slowed thinking. And, as I’ve seen so many times in my own work as a psychologist, this belief is often combined with a sense of shame and fear. 36 MAY2011


The belief about cognitive decline in motherhood has become so prevalent that it has been given a name: “mommy brain.” Questions that tend to come up related to “mommy brain” are: Is it a “real” thing, modern day folklore? Does it go away (after having children, I was personally most interested in the last one)? But, despite the conviction of mothers that this problem is real, so far, the research on “mommy brain” suggests a different picture. Studies have shown that a woman’s brain actually grows in early motherhood. The volume of gray matter increases and a brand new grouping of nerves begin to develop, both things associated with an improvement in functioning. This growth has been found in areas involved with motivation, resiliency, reasoning, complex planning and judgment, as well as perception/sensory processing and what we refer to as “emotional intelligence” (things like empathy). Other studies have found that memory actually improves in motherhood, however specific to things related to her baby. Most of these brain changes are lifelong, and are so significant that experts have compared them to that of puberty and menopause. This information could certainly explain how women have been so successful at managing the demands of modern day motherhood. But, assuming there is no biological damage to a woman’s brain after having children, why so many concerns about mommy brain? The term “mommy brain” came into being after women began entering the workforce in large numbers. And, today, we know that mothers work more hours, juggle more tasks and sleep less than their mothers did. As our society continues to change, increasingly women need to have their minds in two (or more) places at once (and often be in two places at once), multitasking is the rule, rather than the exception, and the number of distractions a person gets during a normal day is ever increasing. Technology has increased the speed at which we function, and there is often a sense of urgency to even routine daily tasks. The amount of information we are exposed to and data we have to remember is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. In summary, most of us probably function every day under a significant amount of stress. Experts in the area of stress have long said that a certain amount of stress is a good thing-it helps us to function better. But, after a certain point, our functioning begins to decline-we start to make mistakes…and we forget things. Could our concerns about “mommy brain” be the result of, not only a change in priorities after having children, but of stress overload? Too much stress can have a negative impact on many things, such as health, mood, quality of life and yes, memory. There are many great resources which provide information about the effects of stress and stress management strategies. But, stress management is not a one-size-fits-all proposition; it should be based on your own needs and the needs of your family. Here are a few areas to begin to consider:

of what your ideal life would be like (within the context of your own reality). What is your ideal day? How do you want to feel? How is this picture different from your life right now? What things would need to change to move you closer to your ideal? Given that there are a finite number of hours each day, and we can’t do it all, it makes sense to spend as much time as possible on those things most important to you.

What are YOUR priorities?

Until I became a mother, I did not fully understand why mothers never seemed as excited as I was to talk about self care. Now I see more clearly, they were trying hard to be polite to my face, while thinking to themselves, “Are you kidding

Take time to really think about what your priorities are-without judgment. Create vision

Are you taking responsibility for YOUR choices in life? Each day involves a series of choices, and few things increase stress as quickly as feeling we have no control. If we go about our day thinking “Ugh, I have to go to work” or “I can’t go to the gym; I have to take my daughter to dance class” we’ve just raised our own stress level. In most cases, the reality is we are behaving by choice. A person chooses to go to work because she chooses to live a certain lifestyle, for example. A mother likely takes her daughter to dance class because her priority is giving her daughter the childhood experiences she feels are important. While finding time for the gym may be another problem to address, reminding yourself you are acting by choice, will actually bring your stress level down a notch (try it and see how quick it works!).

What is YOUR personal “rhythm?” In his book Crazy Busy, Ned Hallowell M.D. talks about something called rhythm. I like this word, and I borrow it often. It refers to how you tend to function in the world. At what pace do you work the best? How busy do you like to be? At what point do you start to feel disorganized? Whenever possible, organize your life according to your rhythm.

Are YOUR thoughts too negative? Thinking more negatively than is required of a situation is another quick and easy way to raise your own level of stress. Try to keep an accurate perspective about your successes, not just your mistakes. I have never had someone come into my office to say “Guess what? I remembered 187 things today, and I only forgot 1! I’m incredible!” Nope, not once. Reframe mistakes, not as moral issues or failures (which they are not), but perhaps as signals that your stress level has gotten too high.

Are you taking care of YOURSELF adequately?

negatively impacting your productivity, as well as your children and family, not just yourself. There are so many things that help to decrease stress and likely enhance our thinking, but these are a few to use as a starting point. One additional note when talking about mommy brain: Things such as depression, anxiety disorders or ADHD, can all affect things such as memory, concentration and attention. If you question whether these might apply

to you, you should speak with a mental health professional. Making lifestyle changes takes time, and these days, needs to be a deliberate purposeful activity. One way to start small is to give your brain a rest each day by scheduling time when you turn off the phones, computers and any other devices nearby, and spend uninterrupted time with your kids, or with yourself. When is the last time that happened?

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me?” But, before skipping to the next paragraph, consider this. In a discussion about mothers and the relevance of self care, a colleague used the analogy of flight attendants giving directions at the beginning of a flight. Flight attendants tell everyone to put their own oxygen mask on first, even before putting it on their children. The reason is obvious. You are no good to your children if you have passed out. It is important to think about whether a lack of self care may be


with Christine Hurley

I went to see my cousin, Kyle, and his brand-new baby this week. She is beautiful and has an absolutely perfect 2-year-old brother. I was envious. Mind you, I have five children of my own, ages 9 to 19, but I felt envy. Looking at how perfectly sweet and innocent they were made me really miss the baby days. I have been on a very bumpy road of “Am I now, and have I been, a good mother?” lately (one way menopause chooses to relentlessly torture us). I burst into uncontrollable sobbing at Target last week when I cut through the section of teeny-tiny Easter dresses. No more babies to dress up! But I’ve got to try to remember the very hard, stressful work of little ones, work that includes trying to find five perfect little Easter outfits every year (with my only goal of making sure they looked better than my nieces and nephews). This Easter, I was only concerned with making sure my boys wore their “good running pants” without the holes in the knees and that my three teenage girls got their eyebrows waxed and upper lip hair

bleached (this has to be kept up vigilantly; if not, I feel like we’re having dinner with Super Mario and his sidekick, John Stossel). After all, we want to be able to keep our focus on the two centimeters of black eyeliner they enjoy packing on every day (so pretty). We pick our battles here. And then there is my husband, Jimmy Hurley, who also needs to be told what to wear yet insists on doing his own shopping. Last year he had on a lovely pair of khakis from Ocean State Job Lot and a mock turtleneck from Walgreen’s 5 for $10 collection ( they display these next to the Clappers and the cases of Ensure). The best part was when I noticed the label on the khakis read “Jaclyn Smith for K-mart Ladies.” He is helpless. Aaahh…so many different phases of motherhood. I remember back (not so fondly) when four of my five children were in diapers at the same time. We had a makeshift “changing” station set up in our laundry room, on top of the washer. We had just brought brand-new baby #5 (Brendan) home. With about two good hours of sleep, and one eye open, I changed the

first diaper, stood her on the floor and off she went; changed the second diaper, stood her on the floor and off she went; changed the third diaper, stood him on the floor and off he went, changed the fourth diaper, stood him on the floor and... oops! The poor little guy collapsed like a noodle. He was only 5 days old – not my proudest moment – but thank God for the surrounding 12-square-foot cushion of laundry on the floor ( that nobody bothered doing while I was lounging around in the hospital delivering this poor child). He was fine, and all in all, unaffected. I think even at only 5 days old, he knew we were a little “off”…. This was a very upsetting event for me mixed with a little postpartum depression, a little exhaustion, a “little” overwhelmed. I called my mother. “Well,” she said, “I hate to tell ya honey, but these are the best days of your life.” Oh goody! Thanks Mom (always the bearer of good news, my dear mother). Potty training was another delight. Brendan proved toughest in this fight. He was very attached to the convenience of his Pampers and had absolutely no interest in giving them up. After being denied entry into nursery school due to his “potty untraining,” I had to get down to business. We actually reached a milestone of four straight days in “Spider man” underpants. So for Easter Sunday, I gathered up the troops for our annual trip to church ( I am a very, very guilt-ridden lapsed Catholic and have taken my poor family right down with me). I told Brendan that it was a special dress-up day and he would

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be wearing his big-boy undies to church. No Pampers. Things were moving right along at Easter Vigil, when we all stood to sing a lovely hymn and Brendan started to vigorously shake his right leg. Ah yes, there it was: three little Milk Duds on the floor. I immediately grabbed a missalette, scooped the little clinkers into an offertory envelope, sealed it and stuck it in my fake Coach Bag (amazing how quick a mother can go into industrious mode instead of full-fledged panic). We all have our war stories from the battlefield of motherhood, some worse than others, but really ladies, we wouldn’t trade it for the world. I wish all of my fellow “soldiers” the happiest Mother’s Day, and to all the new moms, as crazy as things seem, and as tired as you are, take mental pictures every day. You don’t want to end up crying in the Target. Comedian Christine Hurley is a Plymouth mom of five who was First Runner Up in the nationally televised “Nick at Nite’s” search for America’s Funniest Mom contest. Come see Christine on Friday, May 6 at the Hanover Theatre, Worcester as she opens for Loretta Laroche’s show, Get a Life! Sane Wisdom for an Insane World. For booking Christine Hurley, call Dawn Christensen at 508-746-3998, ext 15. Dirty Laundry is a humor column about a mom’s day-to-day life raising kids. Basically she’s not afraid to air out the dirty laundry and say it like it is, making the rest of us not feel so alone.



From left to right: Lisa Soulier’s daughter Colette; husband Ed; Candy O'Terry from Magic 106.7 and a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk emcee; daughter Laurel; Lisa Soulier (pink sweater); Hank Phillipi Ryan from WHDH-TV; and Lisa's mother Rosemarie Novelline.

Lexington mom and breast cancer survivor Lisa Soulier with her two girls.

Family Grateful for Support of Mom


May 2006, Lexington resident Lisa Soulier, was diagnosed with breast cancer after receiving her first routine mammogram. She had no history of breast cancer in her family. Lisa and her family were devastated by the news. She and her husband, “suddenly needed to learn everything they could about her diagnosis, reprioritize their lives, and be completely flexible, because now the future was uncertain.” Lisa received care and invaluable support from her family, friends, and the 38 MAY2011

Lexington community. She also turned to the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery program, a free service that matches trained breast cancer survivors with newly diagnosed patients to help answer non-medical questions and offer practical advice for facing diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from breast cancer. Lisa worried about how she would talk to her two young daughters about her diagnosis of breast cancer. The Reach to Recovery volunteer sent her materials from the American Cancer Society that were age appropriate for young children and could help them express their

feelings. Lisa found the program to be extremely helpful in helping her reach out to her children, who were aged 6 and 8 at the time, about her diagnosis as well as giving her strength while undergoing her treatment. Lisa and her family along with “Team Sweet Pea” have walked in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk for 5 years. “I was impressed and grateful for the services provided by the American Cancer Society’s programs and was proud to walk and raise money to support these programs and breast cancer research,” said Lisa. “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is incredibly motivating and emotional no matter how you are affected by breast cancer. It feels a lot better knowing you are not alone.” Lisa’s daughter Collette shared this story “When you hear the words ‘your mother has breast cancer’ come out of your dad’s mouth – it is a life changing event. Even if you haven’t grasped the concept of it yet, you subconsciously know that your life will be forever changed by this event. This is how I felt. At first I was confused

because I hardly knew what cancer was; it just seemed like a mysterious sickness that was very bad. A few minutes after they dropped the news, my parents gave us each a plastic suitcase with a stuffed animal and books from the American Cancer Society. This gift made me feel much better. It let me know that I was not the only one out there dealing with this and that there were people who deal with this disease everyday. I wrote in the journal from the American Cancer Society and read the books. Just that littlest bit of comfort from the books and the journal helped to bring my hope up to a point were I could put up a smile on my face to support my Mom.”

Lisa’s daughters, now 13 and 10, are so proud of their mom. Lisa’s daughter Laurel said “I’m proud when I walk for my mom, who is a breast cancer survivor.”


American Cancer Society Encourages Moms to Put Health First to Fight Breast Cancer and Celebrate More Birthdays


the nation celebrates Mother’s Day this year, the American Cancer Society is encouraging women to choose to put their personal breast health first to stay well and reduce their risk of breast cancer. An estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. and about 40,230 deaths are expected. Women know that reducing their breast cancer risk is important, but they often choose to put others’ health first. A recent nationwide survey by the American Cancer Society found that an overwhelming 95 percent of women say they need to improve their healthy lifestyle. Yet, 58 percent admit that they put others’ health before their own.

• Reduce alcohol consumption. • If you are 40 and older, get a mammogram and clinical breast exam every year. • The Society recommends that women ages 20 to 39 receive a clinical breast exam once every three years.

Fighting Back The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walks unites communities across the nation each year to help save lives from breast cancer and provide hope to people facing the disease. Since 1993, nearly seven million walkers have raised more than $400 million through Making Strides. To learn more or join the movement, visit stridesonline.

There are steps you can take to reduce your breast cancer risk and stay well. • Maintain a healthy body weight. • Engage in regular physical activity.

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Christine and Faye


ewly-married Faye Guanipa Hurley of Uxbridge describes her childhood home like this, “My mom and dad always worked to make any house we lived in feel warm and welcoming and always beautiful. Re-purposing objects has always been my mom’s strong point throughout every house we have lived in.” In honor of Mother’s Day and baystateparent’s home issue, Faye, who has recently decorated a home of her own, and her mother, Christine Guanipa of Whitinsville, treat us to their open houses. “Our family motto in decorating is ‘Creativity up, expenses down,’” says Christine. Both mother and daughter have an art school background and two very different generational perspectives. “My mom and I are constantly bouncing creative ideas off one another as we both try to keep up with the changing art/design scene,” says Faye, who is the oldest of three girls. “We saturate ourselves with do-it-yourself magazines and books, trips to museums and the latest in fashion...” Be sure to take a good look as these designing women love change; their rooms evolve with the seasons, a great find or one of their frequent mother-daughter excursions.

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Tour Christine’s living room and dining room (left). My home: warm, creative, inviting and user-friendly Walls: Our oldest daughter Faye painted the Mona Lisa, and the black & white image of a woman is my mom (I enlarged her photo for $3 at Staples). The eye chart is from IKEA and provides a nice soft light. The target sign [behind the bar] cost us $1; we thought it was a fun graphic. We found it at a sport store while vacationing in Maine. Fireplace: When we moved into our home seven years ago, the old fireplace was covered with an ugly board. We later learned that the heating system is unable to support a working fireplace thus the black and white fabric makes the plywood more attractive. The bar: This was an amazing trash find. Faye helped me lift that heavy thing into the car during a downpour, but it was way cool and I knew it had some life in it. It just needed a good cleaning. Clutter: I am a big fan of the “declutter” movement, and I hide and organize things in vintage suitcases, boxes, baskets, etc. [Note the suitcase by the bar] Style with kids: Although we have

never lived in large homes, I have always given our three girls a little space to call their own to play and create (usually in the kitchen). I aways had a living room that was a little off limits to the big toys and creative messes of the day. The off-limits living room was so that I could have a space that was tranquil, peaceful and pleasing on the eyes. Tips: Pick an accent color. I love red and have a few pieces in the room pop with that color. You can then spray-paint thrift store vases or china pieces all the same color making an interesting coffee table piece. It’s a cohesive and modern yet inexpensive look. Also to bring a cohesiveness to mismatched furniture, paint accent pieces the same color. Just cool: We have an old children’s tin stove from the 1950s in our kitchen that houses our vitamins. Our 10-year-old daughter, Anna, loves to open the stove door to retrieve them. I spray-painted an old bread box that is now on my desk housing files. An old typewriter is always on display with a new quote of the day.

Tour Faye’s kitchen and living room (below and on next page). My first home is filled with: Art, fun fabrics and the 40s and 50s. We loved the old style of our home and the original wood trim throughout the house. My favorite room is the kitchen with the fabulous fiftiesreminiscent aluminum cupboards and lots of natural light. The fridge: This is an IKEA wall decal and was my mom’s idea. I had these decals on my bedroom wall at my mom’s house and when I moved, she suggested I stick them on the fridge to go with all the red accents in the kitchen. The kitchen island: That table was there when we moved in. I actually didn’t want to keep it; it was a dirty, ugly butcher block table. But again, my mom suggested we paint it. I did need more counter space, so we found a cherry red gloss paint and now it is a feature piece in the kitchen. I do most of my cooking on that table!

Favorite shopping: Bernat Mills Antiques in Uxbridge, MA houses several independent dealers filling 10x10 booths with all kinds of delectables. Of course I shop Target, HomeGoods and IKEA. Favorite Web sites: and

photos courtesy of faye guanipa hurley




Color: I wanted to go along with the 50’s theme for the kitchen, something bright and happy. I knew exactly what I was looking for in my living room due to an inspirational magazine clipping, an image of a luxurious living room with a mustard yellow couch almost exactly the same as ours with lovely blue walls to complement it. The color choices seemed strange to some people but I was convinced I had to find a couch like that [and she the Salvation Army!]. Furniture choices: A good mix of second-hand and new. I learned patience when we moved in as my first inclination was to to fill up the house right away so it didn’t ever feel unfinished or empty but instead I took the time to shop carefully and only pick what I really loved. The house has come together slowly but I don’t regret one thing. This was something I’ve learned from my mom over the years. The clock: HomeGoods! They had some fun retro style clocks, and it was perfect for the style we were going for.

photos courtesy of faye guanipa hurley


Wish list: Most of the housewares, furniture and linens at Anthropologie. Favorite shopping: IKEA, Target, Pier 1, Home Goods, CB2, Crate & Barrel as well as Salvation Armies with lots of furniture, The Bernat Mill Antique Mall in Uxbridge, MA, flea markets and Rocket to Mars in Providence. Favorite Web sites: designspongeonline. com,, apartmenttherapy. com and

Christine Guanipa of Whitinsville is the mother of three girls and the creator of designer pocketbooks: Faye Guanipa Hurley is a recent fashion design graduate from Mass College of Art & Design. Newly married this past September, Faye and her husband are just settling into their first apartment as Faye pursues her business creating one-of-a-kind statement jewelry while doing some freelance graphic design on the side.

For more information, visit: fayeguanipa.blogspot. com, and facebook. com/jewelrybyfaye. Want to see more of Christine and Faye’s homes? Check out the baystateparent photo gallery at for some great shots and ideas.

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In the master bedroom, Stacy used standard curtains from Bed, Bath & Beyond and added the trim herself. “This is an easy thing anyone can do. Take a regular curtain panel; find a secondary fabric that works in the room, and add 4” strips of the secondary fabric to the panels. I did these with fabric glue; although, of course they could be sewn, too. A couple of hours of work and the curtains go from standard to custom at a fraction of the cost.” Stacy hung the curtains on regular rods level with the mirror (a lucky find at HomeGoods) and extended the curtain rod beyond the window casing to create the illusion of a larger window but more importantly, to avoid blocking light. Stacy has extra fun when decorating 44 MAY2011

children’s rooms. “I can do things there that I would never do in the rest of the house,” she says. “You might not really be willing to paint the family room or the kitchen in bold stripes, but in a kid’s room, why not? They are usually the most fun and colorful rooms in the house, and the only place where I would do a ‘themed’ room.” In the girl’s room, Stacy added color and an element of sophistication with fabric. “It can be as easy as adding curtain panels above a twin bed,” she says. “You can take a simple ‘off-the-rack’ curtain and hang it behind the bed to create a canopy effect for a fraction of the price that it would cost do make a custom canopy.” Because there is not a lot of architectural interest in the boy’s room pictured here (no wood flooring or moulding, etc.), Stacy wanted the eye to focus on the colors and patterns in the room. “This room definitely has a striped theme. I

did the paint first, and then added the rug and then the bedding. I didn’t really know for sure if it would all work together until the last piece came in, and although I was worried that it might be too much, I was very happy with the way the room felt when it was completed,” she says.

MORE DISHING ON DECORATING Favorite colors: Blues and greens, in the light costal variety -- cool, beachy hues Decorating obsessions: Lighting! Lighting can make or break a room. I always want to add layers of light in every room from nurseries to game rooms to kitchens. Decorating pet peeves: When people think they have to follow certain ‘rules,’ and therefore aren’t themselves. I think it

is vitally important that people love their homes and feel totally comfortable in them, regardless of any decorating ‘rules.’ Bet you didn’t know: Interior designers make mistakes in their own homes, too! I have bought things that I absolutely love, only to wonder a few years later ‘What was I thinking?’ (although thankfully not too often!!)Also, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to hire a decorator. In fact, if you hire a decorator who passes trade discounts on to the client, the decorator’s fee is often covered by the savings that you get on purchasing items through the decorator. Favorite store: HomeGoods! It is definitely hit or miss, but there is no better feeling than finding exactly what you need at a great price locally, and being able to bring it home that day. I also shop a lot Online. I know that some people are

Stacy Curran has loved interiors and decorating since she was a small child and describes her style as casual elegance. “My mother always thought I would go into design of some sort, but after college, I went to law school,” she says. But after years of commuting and long hours practicing securities enforcement, Stacy left her job to stay home with her children, Bobby and Ellie, and pursue her dream of owning her own interior design business. Her advice for people interested in redecorating their homes is: “Be open and

honest about what you want, what you like and what you don’t like. And only hire someone that you connect with. Don’t hire exclusively based on the designer’s portfolio – you also have to be able to talk to and communicate well with the person you hire.” Some of her best and most successful jobs have turned into friendships with the client because of that mutual respect and a genuine connection. Stacy can be reached at 781262-2473 and

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LIKE HOME LIVING: Sara Padrusch, a Belmont mom of two, is a homeschooling, pug-loving, lipgloss-wearing lover of vintage junk. She can most often be found at the zoo with her kids watching the gorillas and at thrift stores looking for her latest treasure. To see more of her fabulous shiny red house, visit her blogs: shinyredhouses.blogspot. com and secularschoolhouse.

PLAYING: Wendy Wiedenman of Holliston has two girls, 18 months apart, Chloe (6 months) and Olivia (24 months) so her new playroom is getting a lot of use. Wendy says, “The IKEA storage bins keep everything organized but are also accessible for little hands. The table and chair set (also from IKEA) hosts many a tea party and is also perfect for craft projects. The ‘splat mat’ (Land of keeps the rug clean.” 46 MAY2011

DINING: Birguni Ives of Ayer got creative when the glass insert in her dining room table broke. In its place, she created a moss/rock garden. “It was supposed to be temporary,” says the mom of one, “but it looks like it’s here to stay.”

HOMESWEETHOME Dreaming: The inspiration for this twin-boy nursery was owl bedding that Boston mom Cate Menon loved for its colors and clean, modern design (DwellStudio). From there, she chose cheery apple green for the walls. "We picked 'Napa Vineyards' by Benjamin Moore as homage to our favorite vacation spot, Napa Valley," says Cate. They used "Peacock Feathers," a cool, bright turquoise for the trim and created a coordinating rug using easy-to-install Flor tiles. "The bold paint colors and bright graphic element of the textiles were a perfect fit with our loft condo's clean lines and modern decor," Cate explains. Because the nursery does not have a closet, the Menons added shelving components by Elfa. Captured: bsp is looking for photos of summer fun and the first day of school. Email Also, Captured is now Online at (click Captured). Upload your photos/ videos under a user name you choose and share the stories behind them, or just check out what's there (some great ideas).



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ncreasing energy costs have many homeowners looking for new ways to save money. According to the Department of Energy, the average homeowner pays about $1,900 a year on utilities, most of it going toward heating and cooling bills. Adding insulation and sealing ducts can help, but what can be done to make some significant, long-term savings? A growing number of homeowners are finding savings in their own back yards by utilizing the earth’s natural energy to heat and cool their homes. It’s called geothermal energy — and it can save you some green while you’re going green.

Geothermal Energy Geothermal systems — also known as ground source heat pump systems (GSHPS) or geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) have been around for decades but are just now coming to the attention of many homeowners. The Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have both endorsed ground source heat pump systems as among the most energyefficient and environmentally friendly heating, cooling and water heating systems available.

How It Works The temperature of the earth below the surface — from a few feet to hundreds of feet down — is moderate and fairly constant. In many places it stays in the mid- to upper-50s all year. Instead of burning fossil fuels, a geothermal heat pump absorbs the energy stored in the earth to heat a home in the winter. In the summertime a heat pump rejects the heat from the space and transfers it back into the earth — making it extremely efficient and cost-effective. To make it work, you need three basic elements: an underground loop system, a geothermal heat pump and an air-delivery system.

• Loop System: This is a system of highdensity polyethylene plastic pipes buried in the ground. They are filled with fluid, a mixture of water and antifreeze, that circulates throughout the pipes. Openloop systems circulate water drawn from a well. • Geothermal Heat Pump: The geothermal heat pump extracts heat from the fluid within the loop using a vaporcompression refrigeration cycle. This heat is then sent into the home. In the summer, it extracts heat from the indoor air and transfers it to the fluid, which cools as it circulates through the loop. • Air-delivery System: Most geothermal pumps use an electrically driven fan to distribute the air through ducts in the home. A residential system can also be equipped to heat household water, as well. According to the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, a geothermal system has efficiencies 50 to 70 percent higher than other heating systems, and cooling efficiencies 20 to 40 percent higher than available air conditioners. That means direct savings on home utility bills.

How It Saves You Money According to Bosch Thermotechnology North America: • Geothermal heat pumps have the lowest life cycle cost today — 25 to 50 percent less than a conventional system. • You can save up to 70 percent on your energy bill, depending on location and which GSHPS you use. • Although the upfront costs are often more than a conventional system, the cost can be recouped within 5 to 7 years. • Local and federal tax credits as well as rebates decrease installation costs. • Costs may be further reduced by special financing options offered by heat pump manufacturers, local utilities and lending institutions.

How You Can Get Tax Credits Under the recent tax credit legislation, a taxpayer who installs a geothermal heat pump in a residence could be eligible for a tax credit of 30 percent of the installed cost of the system. The system must meet Energy Star requirements in effect at the time the system is completed. This credit is not limited to the primary residence, but may be used for any property a taxpayer owns. Equipment must be “placed in service”

Horizontal ground loop systems are used where there is sufficient space.

between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2016. Whether you’re looking to build a new, more energy-efficient home, or want to cut back your utility bills on your current home, consider exploring ways you can use the energy Mother Nature has in your own yard. Source: Bosch Thermotechnology North America Article courtesy of Family Features

Vertical ground loop systems are used where space is limited.

High-density polyethylene plastic pipes buried in the ground are filled with circulating fluid that absorbs the ground’s heat and brings it indoors.

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And your veggies too! "It can be a struggle to ensure kids are not only having fun, but also getting the nutrients they need,â&#x20AC;? says child nutrition expert and mother Jodie Shield, RD, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but there are things you can do to make learning about and eating vegetables fun." To help parents meet their children's recommended two to five cups of fruits and vegetables each day, Shield offers four inventive activities and delicious recipe ideas - all guaranteed to help kids love their veggies. â&#x20AC;˘ Hit the Farmers' Market for a Scavenger Hunt: Visit your local farmers' market with the whole family. Divide a list of vegetables that includes family favorites and new additions, and let everyone search for their veggies. Once everyone has returned, use the fresh produce to prepare dinner together.

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â&#x20AC;˘ Cool (Pizza) Down When It Heats Up: On a hot summer day, let your kids "veg out" with a no-bake pizza. Start with a pre-baked pizza crust and spread on a mixture of equal parts low-fat cream cheese and ranch dressing. Encourage your kids to add their favorite veggies on top - try broccoli florets, bell peppers, portabella mushrooms and diced green onion.

Prep Time: 10 minutes Serves 8 - 10 Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Need: 2 - 4 cups pumpernickel pretzel or dark corn chip crumbs 2 cups Hidden Valley Original Ranch Light Dressing Variety of vegetables for dipping: mini carrots with tops, pea pods, mini sunburst squash, celery sticks, green beans or whatever your child likes to dip

â&#x20AC;˘ Erect Veggie Totem Poles: Your kids will have a blast turning vegetable kebobs into totem poles. Help them thread fresh vegetables - such as baby carrots, zucchini chunks, diced cucumber and cherry tomatoes - through a wooden skewer. Using their imagination and a little ranch dressing as "glue," let them make faces with small pieces of veggies. Use the leftover dressing as a dip.

1. Crush the pumpernickel pretzels or dark corn chips until mixture resembles dirt. 2. Pour a layer of dirt crumbs into the bottom of a clear container (or for single servings pour into paper cups). 3. Pour dressing over crumbs then add a thicker layer of dirt crumbs on top. 4. Place vegetables into dirt cup or serve them on the side to dip.

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We provide a fun & energetic group of instructors who are all USASF & USAG certified

July 11-14, 9am-3pm

Class, Clinics & Birthday Parties are available!

Over 17,000 square foot facility located at 507 Lancaster Street, Leominster, MA (978) 466-8776 BAYSTATEPARENT 57


MetroWest YMCA Day Camp


Look What I LEARNED at Camp! A child’s experiences at summer camp help shape who he or she will become in the future. The life lessons that summer camps provide are valuable in every aspect of their lives: friendship, leadership and community citizenship. Here are some lifeenriching lessons that are sure to be in store for campers this summer:

Camp’s Top 10 List of Life Lessons 1. Work as part of a team Campers participate in team building exercises to strengthen communication and collaboration with others. Collaborative skills are highly valued in college and in the workplace. 2. Bounce back from hardship and gain resilience Campers are coached through tough situations to handle problems with positive attitudes and to learn how to be part of the solution.

There is not a better way to get to know a person from a different ethnic and cultural background than to share a camp experience. 5. Be more patient and understanding Campers develop empathy and learn to accept others’ points of views when working, playing and living together so closely. 6. Resolve a conflict Campers learn key social skills of negotiation and compromise. 7. Make and keep friends Campers build and gain the social skills to meet new people and to create social networks—in person.

3. Assess risks and examine possible results as a decision maker Campers learn to weigh their options and to make decisions as individuals and as part of a group. They take responsibility for the negative or positive consequences.

8. Be more self-reliant and confident Campers are encouraged to be as independent as possible, to better themselves in a variety of ways and to be proud of who they are.

4. Live with others who are different

9. Be more active Campers enjoy a far more active lifestyle

A Program of Learning, Process & Performance


July 11 – August 14, 2011 An intensive Five-week Theatre Experience for ages 14 to 20 — at the award-winning Lyric Stage Company of Boston in Copley Square! Contact: 617-585-5682 Q

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than the school year often allows. Of course, they enjoy different activities such as swimming, climbing and individual and competitive sports. Campers are moving all day long! 10. Become more creative Camp environments foster creativity throughout the day. Group and team building activities require creative thinking and much of camp programming—formal and informal —encourage campers to think and act creatively, whether they’re making jewelry, making music or making up a new game or adventure. Provided by the American Camp Association, New England, the region’s leading source for “all things summer camp.” For more information please visit, or call 781-5416080. Find them also at ACANewEngland.

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120 Prospect Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 (978)342-6053 ext 110

Applewild invites you to join us! TAKE A LOOK MORNINGS May 5 and June 2 The first Thursday of every month - 9am Take a tour and visit classes, no RSVP needed. Individual tours scheduled daily.

Summer Camp - register now! For more information, go to or call 978 342-6053 x110

at Devereux

A Rewarding, Therapeutic Camp for Youth with Aspergerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Now Taking Summer Registration FREE Summer Registration if paid in full

West Meadow Woods is a fun ďŹ lled summer day camp program for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder who would beneďŹ t from social skills training, small groups (4 campers for every counselor), structure, and building friendships with a group of peers.

May 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12thâ&#x20AC;˘3:30 to 8pm

Campers can participate in any of three sessions

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or individual weeks within those sessions:

Classes:Tues & Thurs 9, 10, 11am Tues, Weds & Thurs 3:45, 4:45, 5:45pm

Session I: June 27 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; July 15 Session II: July 18 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug 5 Session III: Aug 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug 26*

Summer Fun Days Monday & Friday

*(third session is dependent on number of enrollments)

All sessions run Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

All Ages Welcome

This camp is compliant with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and licensed by the Rutland Board of Health

For more information please contact the Devereux Admissions Department at 508-886-4746, x.322 or email 60 Miles Road, Rutland, MA 01543

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Take the whole family to camp this summer in beautiful Waterville Valley, NH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at the former summer home of Curious George authors Margret and H.A. Rey

NHelping students learn through the summer. In our theme-based academic clubs and classes, students may explore the world as ďŹ lm critics, detectives, wizards, zoologists, or even Knights of the Round Table.

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Curious George Cottage Family Adventure Camp July 5-9, 2011 Explore White Mountain National Forest & enjoy fun-ďŹ lled family activities: star gazing, hikes, ďŹ shing, campďŹ res, nature walks, eco-art projects, biking, golďŹ ng, tennis, indoor & outdoor pools, ice skating, boating, chair lift rides & more! Hotel style lodging, all meals & all resort amenities are included in camp fee.

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EASY WAYS TO PAY for Weight Loss Camp BY

Parents searching for a teen weight loss camp have a difficult time turning over their credit card when they see the $5,000 or more tuition ratesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are there any ways to make paying for weight loss camp easier? Some weight loss and fitness camps are even priced at $1,000 for just one weekend. But tuition is more than a bill; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an investment in a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future with lifelong returns. Many families are unaware of the numerous opportunities available to offset the cost of this investment. You can use health insurance,

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Health Insurance Partial Reimbursements One way for families to recoup the cost of weight loss camp tuition is through their health insurance providers. Some health insurance companies recognize camps as weight loss treatment centers, or as extended therapy sessions, and offer partial reimbursement. Wellspring Family

Camp, an international weight loss camp, outlines a reimbursement process on their Web site, with qualified families receiving approximately $2,000 back. The savings on camp tuition alone can be the start for health insurance savings in childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s futures. Insurance Agent Brennan Breidenstein of State Farm Insurance affirmed that parents of obese children typically pay 10-15% more than a standard insurance product. Parents may qualify for cheaper insurance policies after camp if weight loss is achieved and maintained at a healthy level recognized

by the insurance provider. Without the disciplined approach to weight loss like a summer camp provides, children may be likely to mature into overweight adults. Additionally, obese children face the risk of not qualifying for policies as they age, according to William Donahoe, Executive Vice President of Columbia, Marylandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CBIZ - M.T. Donahoe & Associates, LLC, one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading professional services and medical management companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obesity is an indicator of a host of present or near future health conditions, such as diabetes, heart

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Pay with Pre-Tax Dollars Through various flex-savings accounts (FSAs) weight loss programs are reimbursable expenses “if prescribed by a doctor to treat obesity or other medical condition,” according to the Web site of the American Fidelity Assurance Company. Individuals can contribute to an FSA with pre-tax income. Funds from an FSA can be used for medical expenses, prescriptions, vision care and, with certain companies, weight loss programs.

One Monthly Payment The easiest way to pay for weight loss camp may be an affordable monthly payment from a loan. Just like investing in a college education with a student loan, or buying an investment property with a home loan, there are lenders available for weight loss camp. Located in Idaho, Clark Behavioral Health Financing is the only financial solutions company in the therapeutic and treatment service industry. Clark Behavioral offers unsecured (not tied to collateral assets, such as homes) loans with no prepayment penalties. Loan amounts range from $2,000 to $50,000,

and higher amounts in unique cases. Even though the loan process for qualified applicants can be completed in just seven days, from application to funding, parents are encouraged to apply earlier. Being the only “one-stop shop” in such a specialized niche, funding through four lenders and not requiring an application fee produces a flood of inquiries each spring just before summer camp enrollment. Borrowing history, debit-to-income ratios and credit are all considered with each application. Chelsea Dickinson, Marketing Manager with Clark Behavioral, advised, “There is no magic credit score, but it does help if your score is above 680. The market changes all the time, lower scores can get in.” Families should note there are closing costs, which are calculated into the loan amount itself. Dickinson explained that individuals who are not confident in their credit history are often surprised at what funds are available. Dickinson urges anyone to call and explore funding choices, “There’s no obligation and we provide accurate, free information.”

Scholarships Another opportunity to bring down the cost of tuition is through scholarship opportunities. Contact individual camps and speak to the director about scholarships and essay contests. The New York Times featured a story in the summer of 2008 on an essay contest winner who won an eight-week session valued at almost $8,000. A great way for parents to save is to check in with summer camps during the year for moneysaving opportunities. Camps may acquire new sponsors or grants in the off-season and have last minute award opportunities to provide. Families can request to be put on a priority email update or call list so that they have a better chance of being notified. Also inquire about special rate programs that may not be openly advertised. Ira Green, Director of the notfor-profit Camp Shining Stars in Wilson, North Carolina, said, “You wish every child could attend camp for free, but having a high quality, well-maintained

You can use health insurance, pre-tax dollars, loans and scholarships to help pay for weight loss camp.

facility, fun trips, special camp events and specialists in exercise, psychology and nutrition all comes at a high price.” Camp Shining Stars offers a 10% discount to single mothers and hardship cases. This discount would otherwise be unknown unless families directly ask.

A Healthy, Affordable Future The tuition of summer weight loss camp is expensive — even more so in today’s economic recession. However, parents do have financing options and the ability to make it more affordable by taking advantage of the specialized alternatives that exist. Being aware of health insurance reimbursements, the ability to pay through pre-tax dollars from an FSA, loan options and scholarships, is a step closer for parents to realize the dreams of a healthy future for their children. As with all insurance and financial decisions, and with so many unique programs available, parents should consult their own health care providers and financial services advisors to learn about their specific qualifications and what options are open to them. Tara Lynne Groth is a full-time freelance writer. She is the author of How Do You Roo? the first and only guidebook to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. She’ll be in Boston on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. signing her book.

We’ve ! Moved Occupational and Speech Therapy

Our Programs Include:

• Individual Occupational and Speech Therapy • Pragmatic Language and Social Groups • Parent and Educator Workshops

Summer Handwriting Camps Modeled after the multisensory Handwriting Without Tears program, we will develop gross and fine motor control, upper body strength, and position awareness through imitation and play. We are offering two age groups: Happy Crayons

Happy Pencils

(Kindergarten Ready)

(1st and 2nd Grade)

Tues. and Thurs., 9-10:30 AM

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Day Camp at Overlook Farm sign them up for a week that could change the world Day Camp at Overlook Farm is not your regular camp. In five days, your camper will get to experience Heifer Internationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work of ending hunger and poverty around the world. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn all about different cultures while helping out around our farm. In addition to helping milk livestock and harvest vegetables, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to play games and make arts and crafts. Five-day sessions for children in grades 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;6 begin July 11 and run through August 15. For more information, or to download an application, call (508) 886-2221, visit or e-mail




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Opening Weekend June 4th & 5th, 2011 Open Full Time June 11 thru Labor Day (weather permitting)

Home Staff is seeking trained and certified aides to join our very busy agency. Work is available weekdays, evenings, nights and weekends in Worcester, Gardner, Leominster, Brookfield, Spencer, Springfield, Charlton, Needham, Newton, Framingham, Acton, Milford, Stow, Littleton, Mendon, Southboro, and surrounding areas. Competitive rates and plenty of work. Reliable transportation and one weekend per month availability. Hospice certification a plus!

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